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The Wine-Friendly 'Starbucks Evenings' Concept Opens at the Airport

December 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

Not too long ago we heard about one of those special new Starbucks heading over to LAX—the kind of Sbux with the wine. While it will be a little bit more time before that sucker opens to the traveling public, in the interim we can take a flight over to Washington-Dulles International Airport because they just cut the ribbon on the very first airport location of Starbucks Evenings.

HMSHost—they’re the ones behind many of your favorite and not-so-favorite airport restaurants—partnered up with Starbucks for this spot at the airport. It’s kind of just like any other airport Starbucks in that they’ll still serve up lattes and frappuccinos, but there's a twist.

What adds the "Evenings" to the Starbucks name is the booze. Thirsty travelers can sip and sample wine, beer, or even a cup of premium coffee or tea. There’s more than just lemon loaf and oversized cookies, too; the Starbucks Evenings concept has stuff like “savory bites, shareable small plates and irresistible desserts”—their words not ours. Expect snacks like rosemary and brown sugar cashews, crudités and smoky chipotle hummus dip, truffle mac and cheese, and some kind of artichoke and goat cheese flatbread.

The party—or at least the evening menu—begins at noon and continues until closing time. We’re not expecting the world’s best wine and beer options, but just like their coffee it should be a solid option when you’re on the move.

[Photo: HMSHost]

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