Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.
Should coffee shops sell wine and beer?
Posted by Melissa Allison
The owners of Bustle on Queen Anne, which opened last month, decided to offer beer and Italian wine after requests from dozens of neighborhood residents. Still, co-owner Patrick McNerthney (pictured on the right) has his doubts.
"In America, it's really hard to understand there's a coffee shop that turns into a wine and beer bar at night," he said
He and co-owner Jimmy Curran (on the left) were baristas together for years at Uptown Espresso in Belltown before pursuing non-coffee careers. They got together again for Bustle, which is across from Ken's Market at 535 W. McGraw St.
Bustle's coffee is roasted by Attibassi in Bologna, Italy, which McNerthney discovered at Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria -- another place that sells espresso, beer and wine.
Starbucks has made a splash by applying for a license to sell wine and beer at the 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea shop that opens on Capitol Hill tomorrow.
What do you think of the trend?
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