A Starbucks branch located at the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Vineland Avenue in Studio City has recently made the decision to eliminate customer seating, citing “safety concerns.” A sign posted at the store’s entrance informs customers of the temporary unavailability of seating and expresses apologies for any inconvenience caused during their visit.
LA City Councilmember Nithya Raman, who is responsible for overseeing the district, expressed empathy towards the Starbucks baristas facing challenging situations. Raman, who herself worked as a barista at Starbucks, understands the difficulties of handling unruly or difficult customers. She emphasized the importance of addressing homelessness, particularly in the vicinity of the affected Starbucks, and expressed her willingness to visit the location to meet with employees.
Raman affirmed the commitment to daily outreach programs that connect businesses in the area with the necessary supportive services. The goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of both Starbucks partners and customers.
A spokesperson from Starbucks also provided a statement, emphasizing the company’s dedication to creating a safe and welcoming environment known as the “Third Place.” The spokesperson highlighted that local leaders have the authority to modify store operations to prioritize the safety of partners (employees) and customers. The focus remains on allowing partners to concentrate on their craft of preparing exceptional beverages and fostering meaningful connections in a secure and inviting atmosphere.