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Urban Bean Co. set to re-open in Capitol Park next week

Detroiters will have another spot to grab a coffee and snack this week. Urban Bean Co. will open next Monday, April 15 at the corner of Griswold and Grand River.
For those of you who remember the old Urban Bean Co. that was located at the corner of Griswold and Grand River up until 2008, yes, this is the same one, and in the same location. With the redevelopment of Capitol Park now underway, its re-opening is also a comeback story. Co-owner Josh Greenwood has had the space since 2000 and operated the first incarnation of Urban Bean Co. for eight years.
But a lot has changed since then, and Greenwood, along with partner Ed Siegel, is giving it another shot -- and this time the prospects seem much more promising with all of the major development happening downtown.
"Our new logo will have 'Established 2000' crossed out (with '2013' written in)," says Siegel. "We're sort of making fun of ourselves."
They intend this to be more of a grab-and-go coffee shop for busy downtown dwellers and workers who just want a quick cup of coffee. They will serve Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. coffee and will have a pour-over station though their emphasis is more on drip. They are also focused on carrying products from as many Detroit-area vendors as they can -- including items from Dutch Girl Donuts, Beignets, and Ferndale-based Pinwheel Bakery. "We're hoping to get a bunch of (vendors) and be a portal to these places that have great food (from the further-out parts of Detroit)."
Downstairs will have seating for around 15 people with free WiFi, while the 420-square-foot second floor will have a DJ booth. They are also open to hosting group and private events like book clubs.
Urban Bean Co.'s hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday to start. "There is a downtown contingent that wants later hours than what other places are offering," Siegel says.

Source: Ed Siegel, co-owner of Urban Bean Co.
Writer: Nicole Rupersburg

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Nicole Rupersburg is a former Detroiter now in Las Vegas who regularly writes about food, drink, and urban innovators. You can follow her on Instagram @eatsdrinksandleaves and Twitter @ruperstarski.
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