Beer, wine added at a Seattle Starbucks

Something new is on the menu at a renovated Starbucks in Seattle: beer and wine.

The Olive Way store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood that reopened Monday is the first under the Starbucks brand to offer alcohol.

Craft beer and local wines go on sale after 4 p.m. The idea is to offer drinks and a wider variety of savory food that will attract customers after the morning espresso rush and entice them to return in the afternoon and evening.

The store closed in July for the renovation, which also includes a circular coffee bar that brings customers closer to the baristas.

The store is one of Starbucks Corp.’s percolators for ideas that could someday spread to the Seattle-based chain’s other locations.

Company officials have declined to say how soon elements from the shop might appear elsewhere.

Associated Press