Starbucks will soon begin serving alcohol and small plates in the evenings at some stores in our area. It’s a simple idea: coffee during the day, wine and beer at night, aimed at those looking for a place to gather with a book club or linger with their laptop and a glass of wine. But it can be a challenge for smaller, independent cafes to bridge the day to evening crowd by shifting from barista to bartender after 5 p.m. We explore the coffee-to-wine concept in our region.


  • Jessica Sidman Food Editor, Young & Hungry Columnist, Washington City Paper
  • Kari Mitchell Librarian, Adult Information Services, DC Public Library’s Martin Luther King Junior Main Library
  • Lizzy Peabody Manager, Colony Club D.C.

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