Hi friends! Can you believe it’s been 7.5 years since the doors first opened to the Green Bean? Michelle and I can still remember where the first group of drama students sat on our first day (Will, Gracie, Topaz, Keith – wherever you are we hope you are doing well!).
A lot has changed since then. Students have started university and finished grad school all since we’ve been together. We met parents dropping their kids off in September for the first time away from home and those same parents having coffee with their freshly graduated sons and daughters.
We’ve had five amazing Community Christmas Dinners and been able to share this meal with hundreds of amazing people.
We’ve served over 420,000 orders and made over 63,000 cups of coffee!
We opened (yeah!) and closed (boo!) a second location.
We have had 46 wonderful people work for us over the years. Alicia, Allie, Ashley, Andrea, Brad, Brittni, Brittany, Bryce, Caleb, Cassie, Cecilia , Charlene , Colleen, Colleen, Daniel, Diane, Eddie, Heather, Jamie, Jay, Jenn, Jessica, Jo, Jocelyn, Kadrine, Kaela, Katie, Lauren, Matthew, Meagan , Monica, Naomi, Renee, Richard, Roseanna , Ryan, Ryan, Sharon, Sherry, Sue, Suzi, Thalia, Tim, Wes, Yolanda and Zara.
Naomi, Caleb and Sue (hello! How’s Nanaimo?) deserve a special thank you as our managers who put up with our craziness and found ways to put our ideas into action.
I can’t imagine that there is any restaurant that has had a better group of people and we appreciate all the work each of our staff over the years.
Our family has grown. We’ve welcomed Julietta and Jonah into the world and the world has thanked us for giving it the two cutest kids around.
And now comes the time to make a change. Michelle and I have decided that it is time to step away from the Green Bean. It hasn’t been an easy decision but we believe it to be the right one.
We are genuinely excited to announce that our amazing kitchen manager, Caleb Farrugia has agreed to purchase the cafe from us and continue our dream of establishing a community focused sustainable cafe in the University neighbourhood. Caleb and his business partner Kyle are going to bring some fresh energy to the cafe and we are confident they will take the cafe to new heights.
What does this mean to our amazing customers? In the very short term it means the cafe will be closed until the middle of June. We really do apologize for the short notice. The original plan was a seamless transition but paperwork happened. You understand.
The good news is that the two weeks the cafe is closed will give Caleb and Kyle a chance to put their stamp on the cafe and be ready to open better then ever. I’ll be staying on at the cafe for several months part time to help make the transition easy for Caleb and Kyle.
Thanks so much to each of our amazing friends, family, the gang at UCC and especially the customers who have made the journey a truly fantastic experience. We couldn’t have done it without you and we look forward to sharing the next stage of our lives with you as well.
Our original pitch was to start the cafe that we wish we could have had when we were students and the cafe that we wanted in our neighbourhood. It was much, much more difficult than we thought it would be and it has been far from perfect but, after seven and half years we think that cafe finally exists. Now we get to come back as customers and enjoy it.
Ben and Michelle
PS. Have a cafe story or memory you want to share? We would really love to hear it. Email me at email@example.com.