Thank you for welcoming me in the English forum! I often post threads in the German section, but I need to work on my English skills too.Welcome.
I live in the Canadian suburbs and all our local Starbucks are take out or drive through or rather uncomfortable.Starbucks is what is called a "third place", that is a gathering place outside of the home (first place) and work (second place). It comes with some burdens, like people lingering over a cup of coffee for a very long time. Or those who buy a cup of coffee just to use the internet connection.
Starbucks has been actively working to be less of a third place. The drive-through window and the pre-order and pickup are prime examples. There is little negative connotation to these policies.
On the other hand they ordered bar stools that were deliberately non-ergonomic in hopes of having people stay for a shorter period of time, and odd shaped bar height tables that made it difficult to use a laptop and eat at the table. There has been some complaints over that.
Much of Starbucks' success is based on its third place status, but now they want to shed that status to improve turnover.
Panera Bread (coffee and sandwich shops) limit the WiFi user to 30 minutes during peak meal times.I live in the Canadian suburbs and all our local Starbucks are take out or drive through or rather uncomfortable.
There is however a tradition of independent coffee houses in my city. There were Italian and Portugese coffee houses started in the 1950s and independent local shops and chains.
While these function as third places I think you would be pushing it to go in alone and sit for an hour without ordering anything. People do get one cup of coffee and use the internet all afternoon