Starbucks - now with hot food and booze in the evenings
Starbucks, the company that divides the world into two categories - those that moan about it and those that don't shop there - is launching a new thing where you can go there in the evening and get yourself some hot food and, while you're at it, get drunk.
According to the press-release, you can get things like chorizo and prawn skewers with chilli ketchup as well as truffle mac & cheese and braised British beef. You'll be able to buy wine and beer too. Or, if you prefer, you could eat a packet of crisps on the way to the pub while tutting about people doing something which doesn't in any way impinge on your life. Both are viable options.
This new service will kick off at the Starbucks in Stansted Airport, where you're almost certain to see very tired men in suits sitting along, nursing a beer after they've burned their tongue on something. It will then roll out to other locations.
'Starbucks Evenings' has been a success in The States and over here, you'll be able to see what the fuss is about at the participating stores from 4pm, where you'll be able to check out the extended menu.
"We are delighted to launch the first Evenings Programme in the UK. Providing a welcoming coffeehouse environment has always been our focus and now we can offer something new for the evening too," says Ian Cranna, VP marketing and category for Starbucks EMEA. "I think our customers will love the new range of terrific food and carefully selected wines and beers which will provide even more choice and reasons to visit us later in the day."
While you're thinking about going to the pub or an actual restaurant, this'll be a godsend for teenagers wanting to go on dates, who are getting sick of Nando's and want to spend their pocket money on that person they fancy. Nice to know that there's going to be places that are open a bit later where you can nip in, buy nothing and use their toilets, if there's no McDonald's nearby.