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Starbucks plans to roll out a new lunch menu in Chicago, with hopes to expand nationally


Starbucks is rolling out its new lunch menu at more than 100 Chicago locations beginning Tuesday. 

The hope is that the "Mercato" menu will eventually expand nationally.

The new menu will feature grab-and-go style items including a "Cubano" sandwich, a roasted carrot and kale salad, a za’atar chicken salad with lemon tahini and a honey barbecue Sriracha chicken sandwich, among other options, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Sara Trilling, a senior vice president at Starbucks, told the Chicago Tribune that although the menu caters to the lunch crowd, the items will be available all day.

Starbucks told USA Today that any leftover ready-to-eat foods will be donated to the local food banks through the company's FoodShare program with Feeding America. In Chicago, those menu items will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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Starbucks already offered some salad and sandwich options but said in December that it planned to add to its menu. 

The lunch menu is part of the company's push to increase food sales at its shops. 

The company has yet to say when it plans to roll out the new lunch menu nationwide.

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