|Omar, the Lovely & Patient Sophia, and a glimpse of the really good lemonade|
Anywho, when we discussed where we should meet, Bean Town was a natural choice. It's the kind of place where everyone, from tiny people to elderly people, can have a great time.
Although it's a very roomy place, it's sometimes hard to get a table at Bean Town, due to its popularity. Just as we got our coffee, we were lucky to spot someone who was leaving, and we hovered, just a bit, to get their table. This is generally not considered "rude" at Bean Town - more like "a necessity." Once we found a table, Sophia, a nice and patient girl, enjoyed some really good lemonade and sat with her dad and I for a couple of hours, as we talked about the "old" days (there it is again), and got caught up on what our families have been up to.
I've been lucky enough to have been hanging at The Bean since its beginning, when it was less than half the size it is now. (Little Known Fact: If you look up at the ceiling, you'll see a beam about 2/3 of the way across - front to back. The smaller 1/3 was the original, teeny-tiny coffee bar.) When I was in college, I used to go there to study. Then I met too many nice people, and had to quit going for awhile, because the only thing I was achieving was lots of socializing. This is a typical Bean Town hazard - You will always see someone you know. Great for socializing. But for studying, not so much, unless you are a person with a modicum of restraint...
In addition to coffee, tea, and baked goods (like cupcakes!!), Bean Town has lots of other food choices. They have salads, sandwiches, paninis and wraps, the best soup around and, the latest, breakfast buirritos and bowls. Pretty much, if you want to eat it, they have it. Just don't go there on the day they have the Toscana Soup - it is terrible, so I will be a giver and eat your share. (Wink-Wink)
So, if you are getting together with friends, new or "old," give Bean Town a try, if you haven't already!