Friday, August 26, 2011

Meet The Neighbors: Part 3

Hello all. As you may have noticed, we took a few Fridays off from our MTN posts. We've been putting all of our energy into your bicycles, and I have to say, they look better than ever. The new facility and equipment are truly helping us make a good thing great.

One place in particular that has fueled a lot of solid work days at IF is The Big Bean Cafe. "The Bean", as it's called around here, has a warm, comforting atmosphere, with a counter to pull up to, as well as both indoor and outdoor tables. Their daily menu is jam packed with mouth-watering dishes, and they always have creative new items on their specials list (with even more creative names...a few weeks ago, each special was named after a character from Ron Howard's 1988 classic, Willow). The Big Bean provides three great things: breakfast, lunch, and fantastic service. You could almost blindly order anything on the menu and be completely happy with not only the taste, but also how quickly it's prepared and served. My go-to lunch order is their triple decker turkey club sandwich; and in the morning I love The Bean's breakfast pizza. Yes, you read that correctly: breakfast pizza. So awesome!

The Bean is co-owned by Jack O'Sullivan and Sarah Howard. Sarah's on maternity leave, so Jack was kind enough to do a quick solo interview.

Neighbor: The Big Bean Cafe & Bakery (118 Main Street).

Type of business: Breakfast/Lunch cafe

Years Running: 5 years with us (Jack/Sarah), and 17 years total

Name: Jack O'Sullivan

How did you get into this line of work? My partner and I have always worked in restaurants. We saw The Bean for sale in 2006, and jumped at the chance to buy it!

Something special your business does (weekly/monthly events, community service, etc.): At The Bean, we love creating inspiring new dishes, and trying new and different food items in our recipes. We also take pride in composting, and above all else, hard work.

What's your favorite thing about Newmarket? The size. It's small, but not too small. There's always something going on here, and the size really creates a sense of community.

If you could add any type of business to Main Street, what would you choose? Well, the Lamprey River runs directly through Newmarket, right behind the Mills. It would be cool to have water recreation rentals.

You find a genie's lamp and he grants you 1 wish. What do you wish for? C'mon, that's silly. I'd wish to not have any wishes.

Do you own a bicycle? If so, what kind? Currently, no. I live in town and it's easy to walk most places.

Describe or draw your dream bicycle:

From the above photo it's clear that Jack is not an artist (in the traditional sense), but put the man in a kitchen or behind a grill and he's in a category all his own. Stop by The Big Bean Cafe today and see, better yet taste for yourself. You'll be glad you did.



Jon said...

IF makes the best bikes in the world. The Bean makes the best breakfast in the world. It makes sense that their universes would eventually collide.

That Deaf Guy said...

Why can't I have a The Bean on my local corner, 'tis not fair *sniffs* :(

Velouria said...

I used to live in this area, and it remains very dear to me. Glad that you are enjoying your new surroundings and neighbours!

Mack said...

mmm i guess i prefer to keep my bike... in xlpharmacy there's a friend, or say in a better way "friends", that like to eat this stuff all the time, i have notice that many of them are already getting a funny belly.