Starbucks will open one of its new stores this spring on Pleasanton's Main Street, offering not only its daily fare of teas, coffees and bakery goods, but also its evening alcohol and light bites menu.
Starbucks Evening, as the new coffee shop will be called, will occupy a corner street level location in the new Pastime Plaza building, now under construction at 511 Main St. Even though the building has a Main street address, it actually will front on Roses Avenue.
The building, which will include a real estate office on the second floor and Sabio on Main, a new restaurant on the ground floor that will serve Tapas (small plates) and also have a full bar and a major wine program.
Starbucks has three other stand-alone stores in Pleasanton as well as in-store operations in the two Pleasanton Safeways that offer limited menus. After 4 p.m., the menu will include the after-work favorites such as beer and a variety of wines and selections such as truffle macaroni and cheese, chicken skewers and chocolate fondue.
A look at menus at Los Angeles Evening stores show such delicacies as a Blue Brie & Apricot Preserves Plate, Grilled Vegetable Plate with Lemon Aioli Sauce, Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Skewers with Honey-Dijon Sauce, Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Glaze and Chicken Sausage & Mushroom Flatbread.
Wines available at the Los Angeles stores, by the glass or bottle, include Chateau Ste. Michelle from the Columbia Valley, Santa Cristina from Italy, and Ferrari-Carano, a Chardonnay from Sonoma County.
Starbucks first sold alcohol in October 2010 at a Seattle store. In January 2012, it expanding the test to as many as 25 locations in Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Pleasanton will be the first Bay Area store with more likely.
The alcohol options will feature Livermore Valley wines.
Starbucks Evening alcoholic refreshments and light eating will be enhanced by the open-air patio at the new two story Main Street building, which actually will face Rose Avenue.
Starbucks considers its locations to be cafes, and the wine and beer won't override the family-friendly atmosphere, a representative said. Customers should expect to be carded, and shouldn't expect to find the coffeehouse turning into a bar.
Anyone working at a Starbucks that serves alcoholic beverages will have to be 21 or older.