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Venti vino? Starbucks to sell alcohol in Atlanta, Roswell

Venti vino? Starbucks to sell alcohol in Atlanta, Roswell

ATLANTA -- Customers will soon be able to buy beer and wine at three Starbucks stores in the Atlanta area.

The city of Roswell granted Starbucks an alcohol license for a store there on Thursday. Beer and wine will also be available at two locations in Atlanta. The alcohol sales are set to begin this fall.

Metro Atlanta is one of the test markets for beer and wine sales, as well as "premium" foods, like small plates, cheese and hot flatbread sandwiches. Customers will be allowed to buy alcohol starting at 2 p.m.

Starbucks Corp. said earlier this year that the new offerings will help it attract evening customers and expand its appeal to community groups and book clubs looking for space to meet.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Tin Drum Asia Café to open more restaurants

Tin Drum Asia Café to open more restaurants

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Tin Drum Asia Café plans to open six new restaurants this year and eight more in the coming years, the chain announced Tuesday.

The very first Tin Drum opened at Georgia Tech, alma mater of founder Steven Chan. Since then, it has spread to locations throughout metro Atlanta, including Atlantic Station, Buckhead, Cumming, Dunwoody and Georgia State University.

Brand new Tin Drum locations include Augusta, Chastain Park, Emory Village and the chain's first restaurant outside Georgia -- Birmingham, Ala.

More locations slated to open later this year include Athens, Roswell and Midtown's Colony Square.

"Our plan is to double the size of Tin Drum in 2012 with additional units throughout Atlanta and in Athens, Augusta, Birmingham and throughout the Southeast," Chan said in a statement.

Cops on Doughnut Shops to benefit Special Olympics

Cops on Doughnut Shops to benefit Special Olympics

ATLANTA -- Nine metro Atlanta Krispy Kreme doughnut shops will participate in this year's Cops on Doughnut Shops fundraiser for Special Olympics.

From 6 a.m. on Friday, June 8 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, local law enforcement officers will be on the roofs of the Krispy Kremes, where they will eat, sleep and play while collecting donations from customers.

The money raised during Cops on Doughnut Shops will go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Georgia.

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Roswell restaurants let you taste the world

Roswell restaurants let you taste the world

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Canton Street in Roswell is such a good place to run a restaurant that Hicham Azhari owns three of them here.

"It's great; it's a great, great town," he said. 

Azhari's Salt Factory Pub was featured on the Food Network last year, bringing national attention to his Shepherd's Pie.

But it's the Prince Edward Island mussels that are the most popular dish.

The menu's designed to take diners around the world.

"People are courageous," said Azhari, who also own INC Street Food and Little Alley Steak. "They want to try new things and discover new flavors."

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

ATLANTA -- It's back! Starbucks' wildly popular Frappuccino Happy Hour event will return this Friday, May 4.

The coffeehouse chain will hold Frappuccino Happy Hour every day through Sunday, May 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sizes of the Frappuccino frozen drinks are half-price during Happy Hour.

Starbucks has brought back its two coconut drinks -- the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino and the Coconut Crème Frappuccino -- for summer. It also debuted two brand new flavors on Tuesday.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is "an indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino chips, our signature Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk blended with ice and topped with delicious chocolatey whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbles."