Scottsdale Starbucks seeks liquor license extension to include patio

A Starbucks Coffee at 15811 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. is seeking approval to extend its current liquor license to include a patio on the premise at Scottsdale City Council Tuesday, Sept. 13 at City Hall.

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 is for Scottsdale City Council Tuesday to forward a recommendation of approval to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for the permanent extension of the premise.

The council has the option to remove the item from the consent agenda or vote in one motion to move forward with a recommendation. If approved, the city council can either give a recommendation of approval, disapproval or no recommendation at all.

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 approved, 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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