Wine and beer at Starbucks; will it work? Can the same coffee shop you drive through on the way to work be where you sip a glass of wine that same evening or come back to for a nightcap? I just read this article that suggests a couple of reasons that this is a bad idea. In the first place, a coffee shop used to be a comfortable place where people slowed down. In her experience, Starbucks is now the McDonald’s of coffee where you see how fast you can get in, latte up and get out. I’ve noticed personally that the newer stores have a couple of chairs, a small table or two, but are not designed for you to hang around very long. It’s like those “to go” pizza places where you pick up but no one can actually eat there.
The other reason may have to do with pricing. I jokingly refer to Starbucks as the Fourbucks, $4 now being a “reasonable” price to pay for a cup of Joe. Remember when my opinion and a dollar would get you a cup of coffee? It looks like a glass of wine at Starbucks will go for $7 -9, but hey; if we buy $2 bottled water and $4 coffee, maybe they can sell us anything.