Johns Creek, Roswell Starbucks apply to serve beer and wine

Part of test campaign including California, Chicago

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. — Two local Starbucks, one in Johns Creek and the other in Roswell, are seeking to be able to serve beer and wine.

Starbucks spokesman Zach Hutson said six stores already offer an enhanced evening menu with wine and beer in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to expand the concept to southern California, Chicago and metro Atlanta. The Medlock Crossing shopping center on State Bridge Road and Medlock Bridge Road and the Roswell Marketplace shopping center on Alpharetta Highway in Roswell are two of the four test sites in the Atlanta area, with the others near the junction of I-75 and Howell Mill Road and on West Paces Ferry in Atlanta proper.

In addition to beer and wine, the evening menu will include food options like warm flatbreads and fruit and cheese plates. The specific types of wine and beer that will be served have not been decided on, but will match local taste preferences.

“As we get closer to opening, we’ll have more details about specific menu options,” Hutson said. “Our plans are to hopefully begin serving by the end of the year.”

The goal is to create a place where people can relax and enjoy a glass of wine and a small bite to eat or a coffee and dessert. The Starbucks will be a place where people can connect with friends. Hutson emphasized the atmosphere will not be like a bar.

“We’re seeking to create a comfortable, safe place for people to enjoy their evening,” he said.

Roswell paralegal Jean Marshall said the Roswell Marketplace Starbucks’ application will be heard at a July 5 public hearing. Johns Creek spokesman Doug Nurse said Medlock Crossing Starbucks applied June 6. Although there will be public notice, there will not be a public hearing. The process in Johns Creek takes about five to six weeks.

Both locations will also need licensing from the state.