Brooklyn bookstore offers booze to its patrons

Sheryl Nadler
Shine On
August 3, 2012

Remember when drinking coffee in a bookstore was a mind-blowingly crazy experience? Well, hold on to your hats. A bookstore owner in Brooklyn, New York is planning to sell alcohol in his shop.

"Molasses Book store owner Matthew Winn is no fool. He opened his Hart Street shop late last month knowing it would be difficult to sustain on the sale of used books alone," reports the New York Daily News.

So, like any smart shop owner, he's supplementing by selling goods that are in demand. Cheap beer ($2) and wine ($5) will be on the menu as soon as his license comes through, but for now he's serving up hot and iced coffee to his clients.

"I always wanted a place that was a small well-curated bookshop where you can come through, spend time, and have a beer," he tells the Daily News.

Winn may be standing on the threshold of a new trend in bookshops. Food & Wine magazine online says its September issue will feature "some of the best new shops for food-obsessed readers."

Among them, the Heirloom Book Company in Charleston, South Carolina, "for people who want to eat their food and read about it too," will offer intimate after-hour dinners cooked up by chefs from across the South.

And in London, England, the Victoria & Albert Museum's Reading Rooms "lures in readers with its books on design and art," and offers a menu of snacks and organic wines which can be consumed while meandering the shop and perusing their literary selection.

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