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Standard Liquor owner Ramana Srirama chats with Paul Swanson.
The store known as Standard Liquor at 303 First St., across from Draeger’s Market, crams its tiny square footage with all the hallmarks of a bodega, corner store or mini mart. There are snacks, cold drinks, simple toiletries and the promise of little-to-no wait at the checkout counter – one of the definitional aspects of a convenience store.
Ramana Srirama anchors the shop seven days a week, first from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then, after a three-hour break when a co-worker takes the till, he’s back until 8 p.m., at which point his wife and son take over the final shift to 11 p.m. Srirama’s son, Druthi, is studying history at De Anza College by day and helping the family enterprise by night.