One of the available prime corners in a newly refreshed landmark building in Bankers Hill has been spoken for. Eater has learned that West Bean Coffee Roasters will be moving into a ground floor anchor spot in the 13-story building which is crowned by iconic restaurant Mister A’s. West Bean, which was founded in 2009, has a roastery located in Grantville and opened its first storefront downtown on Broadway back in 2014; last year, the local roasters became the main coffee tenant in Liberty Public Market.
Remarking on the company decision to expand to Bankers Hill, co-founder James Rauh said, “Bankers Hill is a great growing community mixed with old style architecture as well as lots of new luxury condos. It's a beautiful area bordering Balboa Park that is currently underserved in coffee. 4th and Laurel is a great thoroughfare leading right into the park.” Urban Strategies Group is representing the building ownership, and its senior vice president Michael Burton shared, “West Bean Coffee Roasters is a phenomenal user held in very high regards for their cold brews, quality coffees, and atmosphere, and they will be a brilliant addition to both the Manchester Financial Building and the Bankers Hill community.”
The 1600-square-foot space is currently scheduled to be completed in September, and Rauh told Eater that the design will be clean, modern and industrial, with ample indoor and outdoor seating. West Bean’s coffee program will range from cold brews on tap to classic espresso based drinks made on a Synesso machine and a Kalita Wave pour-over bar showcasing seasonal coffees. There will also be a food menu that includes pastries, various toast options, sandwiches and salads.