BRISTOL — City leaders celebrated the opening of The Roasted Bean’s new, expanded location on Wednesday.
The Roasted Bean opened a 1,600 square foot cafe at 946 Terryville Ave., the site of the former Martino’s Imported Products. The space is a few doors down from their former location at 934 Terryville Ave. and twice as big. Renovations began last July to transform the space.
Doug Lamonthe and his wife Danielle opened The Roasted Bean in January 2020 in Bristol, just before the covid-19 pandemic. Since then, their shop has not only survived, but thrived. They currently employ 12 people.
“I want to thank the people of Bristol for their daily support of our business,” he said. “Several city employees come to support us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We are so happy to have chosen Bristol as our first place.
Danielle Lamonthe said the support from people in Bristol has been “absolutely amazing”.
“We are so lucky to have their support over the past two and a half years,” she said. “We didn’t expect to have to open right before a pandemic. But despite that, we were so successful that we had to expand.
Lamonthe attributes The Roasted Bean’s success to “the importance given to every customer”.
“We’re not a business – we get to know our customers,” he said. “They can expect to enjoy a friendly atmosphere.”
Lamonthe said the new location will not only provide more space for customers, but it will also allow them to have a bigger kitchen. This will allow The Roasted Bean to roll out a new menu.
Dee Babkirk, regional director of memberships at the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, said it’s been “great” to see local coffee growing.
“It will be a nice new place where people can meet and enjoy their coffee,” she said.
Mayor Jeff Caggiano praised The Roasted Bean for its success, despite opening at such a difficult time.
“They’re a big family business,” he said. “I love seeing businesses grow like this. I’ve had coffee here a few times and they’re very good. They’ve done a really good job with this space.
Justin Malley, the city’s director of economic development, said The Roasted Bean has done a great job maintaining the aesthetic of its old location, which features lots of woodwork and pendant lights.
Councilors Jacqueline Olsen and Susan Tyler also attended the dedication.
“I like it a lot better than their previous location,” Olsen said. “It’s much bigger. They are in my district so I like to go out and support them. They make good coffee.
Dawn Nielsen, the city’s marketing and public relations specialist, said it was “great” to see The Roasted Bean become so successful that they had to expand.
“The new space is much bigger and with their new kitchen they will now be able to offer a lot more food,” she said. “It’s always nice to see a local business grow.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]