SILVER LAKE –Whole Foods disappointed many folks when it announced that its upcoming Silver Lake store would not be the typical, flashy and pricey food emporium that the company is known for. Instead, the Silver Lake store will be the first of the chain’s lower-cost outlets known as 365 by Whole Foods. But what did that last-minute switch mean for the wine bar and restaurant originally planned for the Silver Lake store? Whole Foods officials have declined to comment on that topic. However, recent public documents indicate that the company still plans on operating a place to drink and dine at the new Silver Lake store.
Whole Foods is seeking city permission to hold “on-site instructional tastings” of alcoholic beverages as well as serve beer and wine within a 36-seat dining area that would remain open from 6 am to midnight daily at the Glendale Boulevard store. As is typical with many markets, customers could also buy booze to consume at home or elsewhere. A public hearing is scheduled for March 1 to review the permit request.
A reader noted that the name of the applicant on city documents is described “Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Foods Market,” which used to operate a chain of local gourmet markets before it was purchased and became a subsidiary of Whole Foods in 1993.
Whole Foods has said that its Silver Lake store, which replaces Ralphs market, will open this fall.
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