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Posted on: September 17, 2015
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Harrison’s Coffeebean Bar Serves Up Unique New Concept in Downtown Hollywood
Don’t let the name mislead you: Harrison’s Coffeebean Bar in Downtown Hollywood is not your typical neighborhood coffee shop.
Open since June 6 in a historic building at 1916 Harrison Street, Harrison’s Coffeebean Bar also serves food, craft beers and wine. The laid back art-centric ambiance boasts live-art, gallery space and free WiFi.
Proprietor Rich Duncan, branded his business to appeal to a wide demographic. Coffeebean Bar manager Donna Prieto said the new concept offers something for everyone and has attracted a mix of customers, including college students who go there to study and families with children who enjoy the board game tournaments that are offered.
“A lot of people are looking for a place like this, a relaxing environment where you can sit and have a cup of coffee or a beer, play some pool, play some darts,” Prieto said. “People say they can stay here all day – come in the morning and have some coffee, stay for lunch and then enjoy Happy Hour.”
True to its name, Harrison’s Coffeebean Bar is serious about its coffee, offering an international selection of java beans – from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, Hawaii, Jamaica, Kenya, Sumatra and Tanzania – that are ground fresh, brewed in a French press and served in large mugs.
Harrison’s Coffeebean Bar is also one of the few establishments in the area to offer blueberry- and mint-flavored Kombucha on tap. The 2,000-year-old beverage was called the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese because of its degenerative disease-fighting benefits. Other beverages include blended-health mixed-fruit or veggie drinks with optional protein powder or wheat grass.
The Coffeebean Bar also offers a variety of craft beers on tap (including Arcus India Pale Ale, Pop’s Porter, Stiltsville, Shark Bite, Key Billy, Funky Buddha Last Snow Porter and Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen), as well as Due South Brewery and Cigar City Brewery craft beers in cans. The only national brand the Coffeebean Bar serves is O’Doul’s non-alcoholic beer.
“All of our beers are from Florida breweries,” Prieto said. “There are so many amazing beers in Florida. It’s like this untapped resource.” No pun intended.
The Coffeebean Bar menu features a $5 lunch special (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays); pastries ($4); tapas ($5 for herring, salmon, fish dip, pate, sausage, meats or cheeses); and an all-day bagel breakfast for $2 including cream cheese, with a variety of toppings starting at $1 each.
As a live-art venue, Harrison’s Coffeebean Bar offers Art & Wine Wednesday events hosted by Duncan’s wife, artist Mary Duncan, who often sits in the front window of the establishment and paints. Wine & Art Wednesday, from 6 to 10 p.m., includes a painting class with cheese and a champagne tasting for the artists followed by wine tasting during class. After 10 p.m., the doors open to the public for Ladies Night with drink specials. The cost of Wine & Art Wednesday is $35 and includes paint, a canvas, an easel and an apron.
Prieto said the historic downtown arts, music and entertainment district is a good fit for the Coffeebean Bar, which is committed to spotlighting area artists.
“We’re always interested in local artists that want to come in and showcase their work,” she said.
Harrison’s Coffeebean Bar is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 954-922-0074 or visit www.coffeebeanbar.com
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