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The Bean - Bedford Avenue

101 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Bean was born in the East Village on the corner of 1st Ave & East 3rd St in the spring of 2003 and remained at that spot through autumn 2011, at which time we were forced to move when our beloved space was leased to Starbucks. A little beat up but not discouraged we moved down the block, roots and all, to our new home at the corner of 2nd Ave & East 3rd. We've since sprouted up at the corners of 1st Ave & 9th St, Broadway & 12th, Bedford Ave & North 11th in Williamsburg and most recently at 31 3rd Ave.

What do you love about your neighborhood?
A major attraction to us is the number of independent shops that exist in the area and the way they are laid out is unlike anywhere else in the world. We love that there are many families living here. It's always exciting to see families growing and being introduced to their new additions!

How have real estate pressures impacted your business in the last 10 years?
This has been a major issue for the Bean and many other businesses. It seems that rent and real estate taxes have grown and continue to grow at a much faster pace than anything else which cuts profits and makes it more difficult to operate.

What project do you plan to use the Love Your Local grant funding to implement?
We have some exciting plans to grow our business using the Love Your Local grant, including adding a full sandwich and salad station where we will be serving fresh gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and more. We also have plans to improve our employee training program so that we can serve our customers and community better. We plan to introduce self-service kiosks in the shop, so our customers can quickly place orders and have them brought to their tables. A loyalty program with an app that allows pre-ordering and its own wallet are also in the works.

www.thebeannyc.com

Phone: 718-387-1871