The Urban Bean: A sneak peek at the new Lyndale coffeehouse

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Greg Martin works the Synesso
​Waiting on some final inspections at his new Urban Bean location at 24th and Lyndale, Greg Martin is mere days, perhaps hours away from throwing open the doors and seeing faces old and new stream into what was once Muddy Waters. The space looks very different now, with the gleaming Synesso, spare design, and bags of Dogwood Espresso waiting patiently for a chance to give the Wedge neighborhood some highbrow coffee.

Care to take a sneak peek?

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New rodents on the walls...

The place has the same modern, sleek look as the Urban Bean on 34th Street but with seafoam green accents rather than the trademark red--except in the loo, where an amazing raccoon skull chandelier hangs from the high ceiling. They've removed a wall, making the room larger and more open, with a long bar along one side and a floating bench seat with tables and stools lining the opposite wall. All of it sits on the original terazzo floors that they exposed during the renovations.

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What a light in the loo...

But Martin makes clear that this isn't just about fine lines. He swears that the coffee will be serious, too. In addition to a cone-style grinder and the Dogwood beans, they'll offer Hario pour-overs for purists and plan to source from a variety of high-brow roasters, like Chicago's famed Intelligentsia, in the future.

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The beauty at the bar

In addition to the java, Martin has Sweets Bakery set up to bring in macarons and cupcakes, and Rustica for bread, and he is talking to other local bakers, as the new site has no kitchen capabilities. Folks will also enjoy patio seating and wine and beer, as soon as he receives the license (it's applied for). 

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Urban Bean beans await

So now it's simply a countdown, until what was a coffeeshop becomes a coffeeshop again, albeit with a little less black and a slightly brighter attitude. Check the Urban Bean Facebook page or follow @urbanbeancoffee on Twitter to find out exactly when the joe will begin to flow.

Urban Bean (new location)
2401 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
612.200.8051

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16 comments
Hipsterssuck
Hipsterssuck

Yeah, way to make friends with your neighbors...some douchebag is grinding metal on sidewalk and its 10pm, that's not loud and annoying or anything...total lack of respect for the people they SHARE the block with...

Art fan
Art fan

That raccoon skull chandelier is awesome.  Aaron Brand comes up with the coolest ideas, he's an artist you definitely have to check out...

guest
guest

I wonder if they'll attempt to make it less echo-y than the one on Bryant. 

Get out
Get out

Looks cold modern and boring, furnished with boring, 5 year old Ikea designs.  I'd call it "baby's first minimalist coffeehouse" except they already have one on Bryant.

Samwell Barnes
Samwell Barnes

Wow, can't wait for another pretentious coffee shop to open.  I was worried there wasn't enough places for aging hipsters reliving their past through trite conversation over an expensive cup of unemployment.  Pic's of the place look great, if its 1996 or so.  

Fictional Art Customer
Fictional Art Customer

Hi aaron brand, its good to know you like your own art.  I really have to check it out, thanks for the tip.  Hey, did you know all the cool kids are liking aaron brand's art?  You should too.  Then, go do something original, like, y'know, get some tattoos and go ride a bike or something.  That'd be cool, right?

Get out
Get out

And lose their cold anti-social aesthetic?  Ha!  Notice they included a long bar as the main sitting space, thereby making conversation between even two people difficult.

WhoisCeelo
WhoisCeelo

There hasn't been any new coffee shops that have opened in years so I have no idea what you are talking about. You're probably not old enough to even know what you're talking about.   Tra tra tra tra trollllll

WhoisCeelo
WhoisCeelo

Get out and experience life silly.

Guest
Guest

the long bar is not the main seating space

Samwell Barnes
Samwell Barnes

Then he paid a lot of money for it to look like ikea.

130vonkleist
130vonkleist

Yeah, not old enough.  Only lived here 18 years, and as far as new coffee shops, peace coffee, may day cafe, angry catfish, bean good, the dunn bros. on lake and bryant(?) i think was just a few years ago.  Christ, are you the electrician, or the failed artist that worked on the place?

Samwell Barnes
Samwell Barnes

 You must be the owner.  Maybe take your effeminate crocs and capri pants off and take a shower, you disgusting old man.  Give your gay hipster kid back his clothes and go find your walker.

Mark
Mark

The main seating space is 'anywhere else'

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