MAIN STREET JOURNAL – Longtime Marlborough residents Frank and Linda Peace have recently opened Brew Coffee Bean inside space formerly occupied by Starbucks, and they are poised to make their mark while competing with the Seattle-based coffee giant that relocated across the street in the Apex Center.
Unlike most “David versus Goliath” business battles, Frank has a unique advantage. He once served as the director of operations for Starbucks, overseeing more than one-hundred locations in New England, including the one that was housed in his 187 Boston Post Road West site, next to Boston Market.
Their plan is to distinguish themselves with quality coffee, fresh foods and the kind of personal service you would expect from a locally-owned business.
“Our coffee is outstanding but our customer service is what will set us apart,” said Linda, who has a bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University. “We like to stop and talk and know your name and make you feel welcome, just like at home. We want to make you feel like you belong.”
On the drinks menu, the restaurant serves a variety of coffees, along with tea and hot chocolate, smoothies, protein shakes, fresh-pressed juices and more. On the food menu, Brew Coffee offers a variety of sandwiches along with salads, flatbreads, breakfast sandwiches, homestyle waffles, egg souffle, pastries, and cookies. All sandwiches are made to order and all pastries and cookies are fresh baked every day.
Frank and Linda have applied for a liquor license and are hoping to expand to offer beer and spirits by December.
Hours of operation are 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Saturday and 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Sunday.
“This has been a lifelong dream of Frank’s,” said Linda, who is enjoying her active role in the business after taking time to raise three children, Samantha, Daniel and Arianna. “The kids are getting older and I can now go back to work in the field that I love,” she said.
After a soft opening in September, Brew Coffee Bean officially opened in October and Mayor Arthur Vigeant was on hand for a ribbon cutting. The mayor is shown in picture, second from left, long with (l-r) Daniel Peace, Linda and Frank Peace, and Darlene Trainer, representing the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce.
For a complete menu and more details about Brew Coffee Bean’s offerings, visit www.brewcoffeebean.com.