Starbucks got smacked down last night at a community board meeting in Williamsburg. The coffee behemoth had been planning to serve booze at its forthcoming location on N. 7th Street and Bedford Avenue, but neighbors wouldn't allow it, DNAinfo reports. As readers may recall, the chain was accused of sneakily covering up its true identity on the original application, and told to come back to the board once it had done outreach to the neighbors. But that outreach fell flat, and as the SLA committee co-chair Thomas Burrows, put it: "The public says there isn't an interest." Proving that point, local cafe The West showed up with a petition against Starbucks' plan, which had garnered at least 500 signatures.
A Starbucks rep says serving booze is "an extension of our brand...It's about the experience we're bringing to the Williamsburg community." The company has talked about plans to add liquor menu options to thousands of its shops, but apparently, Williamsburg won't be one of them.