Some Phoenix Starbucks locations want to start selling alcohol, but Phoenix Police Department officials are urging city council members to turn the proposal down.
Four locations near downtown Phoenix have applied for a Series 12 liquor license. More commonly known as a "Restaurant license," the Starbucks locations would be allowed to sell craft beer and wine if approved.
In a recommendation to the City of Phoenix, police urged council members to turn down the application because Starbucks doesn't qualify as a restaurant under state law and allowing them a permit could open the door to all types of businesses.
"Not everything that you do is going to make everyone feel comfortable. It doesn't mean that you are opening up Pandora's box," said councilman Sal DiCiccio.
DiCiccio says he plans on voting to approve Starbuck's request because they sell plenty of food to qualify as a restaurant. And he's not worried about the surrounding area being negatively affected.
"It's not an unusual concept. I don't see anyone going in there and making this into a bar," said DiCiccio.
Councilwoman Thelda Williams says she also plans to vote against the police department's recommendations.
"I question the report that was given to us because they sell food and drinks and adding liquor meets all the qualifications," said Williams.
The Phoenix City Council is set to debate the permit at Wednesday's city council meeting.
In a statement Starbuck's says they are early in the permitting process and look forward to working with the City of Phoenix.
The city of Scottsdale recently approved alcohol sales at three locations.
The locations being looked at for alcohol sales in Phoenix are:
- 1648 East Camelback Road
- 650 East Osborn Road
- 2802 East Indian School Road
- 455 North 3rd Street Suite #100