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Adult beverages coming soon to Starbucks in Modesto

A notice on the door of the Starbucks at the corner of Merle and Floyd avenues in Modesto on Friday indicates the shop has applied for a license to sell beer and wine.
A notice on the door of the Starbucks at the corner of Merle and Floyd avenues in Modesto on Friday indicates the shop has applied for a license to sell beer and wine.

It looks as if some Starbucks restaurants in Modesto will be joining those in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and other areas where you’ll soon be able to stop in for a beer or a glass of wine.

My eagle-eyed colleague, Pat Clark, spotted a notice in the window of the Starbucks at Merle Avenue and Oakdale Road advising that the business is seeking a license to sell beer and wine.

Last year, Starbucks announced its intent to sell beer and wine at some of its locations as part of its “Starbucks Evenings” concept. The idea, according to the Seattle-based coffee giant, is to make Starbucks a place to stop in “after work, with friends, after yoga, by yourself, after a long day or after a great day.”

In addition to beer and wine, the selected shops will offer an expanded menu of such items as chicken and sausage flatbread and truffle macaroni and cheese. Orders still will be placed through a barista, and picked up at the counter as they are now. Beer and wine will only be sold after 4 p.m. each day.

“We will still be your neighborhood gathering place with an inviting atmosphere for people of all ages,” Starbucks says on its website. “After 4 p.m., you’ll experience a more mellow, less hurried atmosphere perfect for winding down and having casual conversations.”

I tried to contact Starbucks for more information, such as a timeline for when beer and wine sales might start locally, and how many sites will be involved, but I haven’t heard back yet. When I do, I will let you know.

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT – Vintage Faire Mall sent out an update on its new stores. I have already mentioned that Disney moved into a new location on the second floor. Also new:

Aldo, which sells shoes, leather goods and accessories; it’s on the first floor next to The Body Shop.

Furniture & More, which sells just that, in the former site of Coldwater Creek in the Village outside of the main mall.

Memphis Southern Kitchen, which sells ribs, wings and burgers, in the food court.

“Vintage Faire Mall continues to demonstrate that it is a dominant destination for retail in Central California,” Melissa Freas, vice president of leasing for Macerich, which owns the mall, said in a news release. “We are pleased to add these great new retail and restaurant names to the strong roster at this popular property.”

▪ A job fair open to everyone, but with a special emphasis on military veterans, is scheduled for May 7 in Modesto. The Central Valley Job Fair and Veterans Summit is from noon to 4 p.m. at the Modesto SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave.

Several veterans groups, business agencies and Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, are hosting the job fair. Participating employers must have at least one job opening. Veterans will be allowed to enter first, from noon to 12:30 p.m., and will be invited to attend a Work for Warriors reception the evening before at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

For more information, or to participate either as an employer or a job seeker, email Andrew Campbell at

▪ Togo’s fans in Oakdale will be happy to learn we now know where the new sandwich shop will go in that town.

According to a news release, Togo’s will be opening at 1190 E. F St., Suite 1A. The franchisees are Gurdev and Ranjeet Teer. It’s projected to open in the fourth quarter of this year.

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