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Coronado's Starbucks Would Be First in State To Offer Beer, Wine

ABC official discusses the chain's application for a liquor license, and other issues, before the City Council Tuesday.

A state official told the City Council Tuesday that Coronado's Starbucks would be the first in California to sell beer and wine, as the chain seeks to expand trials of alcohol sales in a limited number of markets.

Jennifer Hill of the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control spoke before the council to explain policies for obtaining a liquor license, the oversight involved and what recourse residents have if they have concerns.

Starbucks officials announced last month that they were planning to add sales of beer and wine, and a small-plate menu, at some outlets. The practice is currently in place in seven stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

As of March 1, a for the license.

A Starbucks spokesman said Monday that the business has plans to begin selling beer and wine in Coronado by year's end. Up to five other Starbucks in Southern California are set to be part of the trial run, along with outlets in Chicago and Atlanta.

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