Started in 1973 as a small neighborhood health-food store with a half-dozen crocks for bulk goods and two coolers, Beans added slowly to its list of products as customers requested. In 1979, believing that, just like everyone else, "health-food" shoppers would appreciate quick, hot food in the middle of a busy day, we started serving food. The food was good, people stopped in to shop AND eat.
Early in the summer of 1993, we literally became the hottest spot on the East Side, when a spectacular blaze (fireballs and everything!) drove the lunch-hour crowd into the street and left us with just the foundation and one usable wall. Over the next year and a half, we developed our plans, secured financing and by late Fall of 1994, standing in exactly the same spot where the old building had stood, we opened the doors to a brand-new Beans & Barley.
It amazes us to realize we've now been in the "new" place longer than we were in the old one. Today the market holds hundreds of products - groceries, bath and body-care, cards, books, toys, home decor - and much more. The deli features fresh soups, desserts, and vegetarian and non-vegetarian specialties waiting to be taken home, seven days a week. The eighty seat cafe, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu of good, healthy, homemade food, beer, wine, and cocktails. Our catering department can provide anything from trays and bag lunches to beautiful wedding buffets. Throughout the years of changes, Beans has maintained its steady commitment to three principles: quality, value, and fun. Come in and treat yourself to some real, good, food.