Customers at the Wegmans café in Johnson City are going to be able to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with their meal.

After months of preparation, the Harry L Drive store is about to make a limited selection of alcoholic beverages available to those who dine in the Market Café.

Store manager Tom Kaufman said the option should become available in a few days.

Wegmans recently received state approval to offer single-servings of alcoholic beverages at the Johnson City store.

Kaufman said diners will be able to choose from a beer and wine selection in a café cooler. Customers won't be permitted to consume beverages from other parts of the store.

Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed outside the café or its outdoor seating area.

Kaufman said special signage and fencing are required under licensing requirements.

The manager said many people on bus tours stop by the store, including visitors from Europe who are accustomed to being able to enjoy beer or wine with their meal.

Kaufman said Wegmans has been adding the option at many of its stores.

Johnson City Wegmans chef Keith Daviau said beer and wine could be available in the café on Monday if the full stock of beverages has been received.

Daviau said some craft beers, including offerings from Ithaca Beer Company and Founders Brewing, will be offered. He said about two dozen different beers and a dozen wines will be available in the café cooler.

The Market Café at the Wegmans store in Johnson City. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
The Market Café at the Wegmans store in Johnson City. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

This story was updated with new information provided by Wegmans on the Johnson City initiative.

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