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Starbucks pulls liquor license from Huntley location

'Evenings' program also removed in Crystal Lake, Algonquin, nationwide

Published: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 11:52 p.m. CDT
(Richard Drew)
FILE - This Dec. 20, 2010, file photo, shows signage at a Starbucks store in New York. Starbucks is launching voice ordering though its iPhone app. Starting Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, anyone with a device that has an Amazon device with Alexa, like the Echo smart speaker, is able to place a Starbucks order by just using their voice. Starbucks is also launching a beta test of voice ordering through its iPhone app. The Seattle-based coffee giant says the feature is being rolled out to a limited group of 1,000 people nationwide Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

HUNTLEY – People looking for the option to grab a beer or glass of wine at Starbucks locations in Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin no longer will be able to do so. 

A Starbucks spokesperson said via email that its “evenings” program, which offered wine, beer and small plates, has been paused, effective Jan. 10, and removed from its current locations.

“This will allow the majority of our locations to focus on our core business, continuing to deliver the Starbucks experience for our customers while optimizing the evening for our premium customer,” according to a statement from Starbucks.

The program was in place at more than 400 U.S. stores, and the company will look at selling wine and beer in future reserve stores and roasteries.

Starbucks asked to surrender its liquor license in Huntley, and the Huntley Liquor Commission approved the request at its meeting Thursday.

Huntley’s Starbucks, 12210 Princeton Drive, had its liquor license granted in July 2015, Village Clerk Rita McMahon said, and it started selling beer and wine soon after. 

The Starbucks at 790 S. Randall Road in Algonquin and the Route 14 and downtown Starbucks in Crystal Lake, which both had the “evenings” program, have not yet surrendered their liquor licenses, according to village and city officials.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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