Scottsdale Starbucks gets to offer alcohol on patio

Scottsdale City Council  has approved an extension of a Starbucks Coffee’s liquor license to include a patio on the premise at 15811 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd during its Tuesday, Sept. 13 meeting.

The restaurant opened in 2015 and now operates with a Series 12 Liquor License, which allows restaurants to sell liquor as long as 40 percent of its revenue come from the sale of food. The current liquor license does not include the 400-square-foot patio, according to a city staff proposal.

The purpose of the proposal was for Scottsdale City Council to forward a recommendation of approval to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for the permanent extension of the premise.
However, the Arizona Liquor Board still needs to approve the extension before the restaurant can sell liquor on the patio.

According to the staff proposal, the city staff have found the restaurant to have met the criteria and advise that everything is in order for the extension.

If the board approves the extension, the restaurant would be able to sell liquor in both the restaurant and on the patio for consumption permanently.

In order to obtain the extension, the restaurant would need to satisfy certain criteria, showing the sale of liquor is in the best interest of the community, according to the staff proposal.

The criteria includes making sure the owner intends to use the facility as a restaurant and the outdoor patio, parking and traffic, zoning and public safety are all in order and will not result in any negative effects.
Additionally, the extension needs to remain 300 feet away from a church or school, which it does.

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at or at 623-445-2738

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