You’ve probably already seen the news rocking the coffee world.
Yes, Capitol Hill’s only drive-thru coffee stand has a new owner.
Candace Smith took over the former TNT Espresso this fall. With a new trans flag-colored paint job and under a new name — Let it Bean — the 80-square-foot coffee stand in the teriyaki restaurant parking lot at Broadway and Harrison continues to serve Capitol Hill customers on the go. Its presence presents one of our favorite choices on Broadway — stand in the Vivace walk-up line, or get a move-on and visit the shack.
Smith acquired the business from Rock Sielaff who, in turn, acquired it from longtime TNT operator Monica Anaya. Sielaff’s tour of duty lasted a year. Anaya, or Momo, and her crew were behind the counter for much longer. We visited late last year to say goodbye to the shack with the grandfathered rights to a drivethru business only to see it spring back to life with new ownership. Here’s wishing Smith an interesting year along her Broadway home turf — or more, if she so chooses. Besides our goofy headline, there are plenty of reasons to stop by Let it Bean including an excellent cup of coffee.
Meanwhile, in lesser coffee industry news, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has announced he will step down to focus on the new premium coffee brand the global giant began fostering in 2014 when the Melrose Starbucks Roastery was born two years ago next week.