Avenue Brew coffee shop opens in Bellevue, joins ongoing renaissance

Christine Brondhaver decided to transform the This n' That Shoppe into a coffee house named Avenue Brew after she saw an apparent need in the Bellevue business district.

"People would come in and ask where they could get some coffee nearby, so I thought I had to open up a coffee shop here," said Brondhaver, owner of Avenue Brew.  "Bellevue Bistro is right across the street and used to serve as more of a coffee shop until they became more of a restaurant lately, leaving a gap behind."

Avenue Brew (map) was delayed a week in opening due to electrical problems that had not been envisioned during the minor renovation work needed to install the new kitchen facilities, espresso operations and seating area.  With renovations now complete, Avenue Brew seats approximately 14 inside with room for eight more guests outside.

Patrons will be treated to drinks ranging from $1.43 for a small coffee, to $3.29 for a cafe mocha, to $3.50 for a small smoothie.  Avenue Brew also serves a variety light food and breakfast items including breakfast sandwiches that cost $2.65.  Brondhaver also expects to add some lunch offerings at a later time.

"All of our food is made fresh, and we use 100 percent all-natural ingredients whenever possible including our Monin syrups from Italy," Brondhaver emphasized.

For those concerned about the loss of the This n' That Shoppe, fear not, as the potpourri of products previously sold there can still be found at Avenue Brew.

"We have been saying that you can really think of the new place as Avenue Brew with a little bit of This n' That," jokes Brondhaver.  "This n' That was more of a hobby for me, whereas this I expect will be more of a retirement."

Avenue Brew is currently open Monday through Thursday from 6am to 7pm, Friday from 6am to 9pm, Saturday from 8am to 9pm, and Sunday from 8am to 4pm.  The shop will also be open for the monthly Shop Bellevue festivities on Friday, June 4th until 9pm with live acoustic music to entertain the pajama-themed customers.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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