Bean Coffee Lounge
The University District's Bean Coffee Lounge is to launch in fifteen days (per a countdown clock on their website), but techy-types certainly have reason to start getting excited now. Owner Bell Taylor insists Bean isn't an internet cafe, and indeed it is a much more expansive vision: a modern tech-mecca where baristas are urged to remember your name and drink of choice. Taylor has made sure to arrange Bean to suit college students and their laptops, or business-types who want a hip environment and an espresso while they're working.
Bean Coffee Lounge
Bean offers everything from the newest generation iPads at every table (with wireless keyboards available for check-out), to the technology to beam up Powerpoint presentations onto the Apple TVs on the walls. Music is conducted through customizable playlists; chargers for an array of phones are available too.
"If you see someone in the room you know, you can actually IM their table," Taylor explains, then adds, "If that other person doesn't think you're cute, they can ignore it."
In the next few weeks, Bean also plans to obtain a liquor license. "We'll have martini-style coffee drinks," Taylor says, adding that they'll also carry alcohol-infused pastries, such as a vodka 7-up cake (standard and vegan pastries will also be offered). Bean hopes to be recognized for spoken word nights, open-mics, and local musician debuts in the near future, too.
In other food news this week, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will be in Pike Place Market today, in promotion of their new political comedy, The Campaign. Check-in starts at 1pm and Ferrell and Galifianakis will be taking your orders from 1:45-2:30pm.
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Additionally, five Seattle-area Noah's restaurants will be transitioning to the brand "Einstein Bros." starting in August. Noah's is owned by Einstein Bros. and the rebranding will expand the menu and offer a larger selection of healthier foods and specialty beverages. The managers and staff will remain the same.
Thai Curry Simple
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