By Margaret Pahl
If the name Beat Street sounds familiar, it may be because you remember that 1984 dance movie, and Us Girls Can Boogie Too. (check it out on You Tube) Or it could be that you went to the Beat Street Coffee & Bistro on Main Street in Monte Vista before it closed and morphed into our very own Beacon Hill Beat Street on Blanco, now open for breakfast and lunch Monday thru Saturday.
Chase Shipley is the Pastry Chef who purchased the name and food truck from the prior M.V. entrepreneur before launching the business from here. He used to work at the Bistro, bringing his pastries and coffee to our side of the tracks. The cinnamon swirl bunt cake will get your Monday off on the right foot, or perhaps you feel like a banana nut this morning! The shop opens at 7:00 am during the week, but Chase sleeps in a bit on Saturday and opens at 8:00am. Beat Street is currently closed on Sunday but Chase is contemplating a Sunday Brunch, so if you think you The shop serves espresso and Columbian coffees and sells beans by the pound. The coffee is purchased from fair trade suppliers. Plans are underway to start roasting in house, so our neighborhood is about to smell delicious. If you like your coffee flavored, Chase makes the syrups from would start a regular brunch bunch, let him know.scratch; currently he has chai, vanilla, mocha and pumpkin syrups. The atmosphere is wonderful and there is plenty of convenient parking in the back. A sunny deck back there provides a great spot for your morning Joe. These small businesses run by our neighbors are what makes our neighborhood so special. Just think, some people live in sterile subdivisions where their only choice is the big bucks corporate coffee chains. Stop over and meet Chase and play a part in his dream.