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South Park Starbucks Loses Its Seats

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, November 14, 2008, at 10:02AM
2008-11-14 09:39:44 -0800 Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Until this week, the Starbucks at 11th and Grand featured plentiful outdoor seating. The store and its patrons hope they will return shortly.

Opened two years ago, the Starbucks at 11th and Grand integrates perfectly into South Group's pedestrian-friendly streetscape design. Large sidewalks made plenty of room for cushioned outdoor seating, heavily-used by patrons who use the spot to hang out and catch up with neighbors. Or at least they did, until this week.

South Park's first Starbucks opened in the South Group's Elleven in November of 2006. Just this week the city showed up to tell the coffee shop that no permits for the outdoor furniture had ever been issued. Either the couches and chairs needed to be immediately removed, or the city would start fining Starbucks daily.

Patrons hope to see the missing seating returned shortly, and that the city and Starbucks work quickly to take care of the missing paperwork.

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