by Stephen Dafoe
Chef Doug Adsit unlocked the doors of the Green Bean Java Bistro to customers for the first time Monday morning. The new restaurant, located at 11120 142 Street in Edmonton’s west end is the second location for the brand which first opened in Morinville on Thanksgiving weekend 2011.
Since that time, the business has continued to expand its line of food and beverage offerings as well as become a busy base for a growing catering operation.
Adsit said the decision to open a second Green Bean location was to fulfill a growing demand to serve Edmontonians who had tried the food in Morinville or seen Adsit cooking dishes on Global News.
“Our sales were doing good and with doing Global TV so much, there was a demand from people through our Facebook asking when we were opening in Edmonton,” Adsit said. “We have a lot of people coming from St. Albert and Edmonton asking when we were going to open.”
After three years of inquiries, a location became available in Edmonton; one Adsit thought was a great spot to expand his business. After renovating the former Quizno’s location to a Green Bean, the company was ready to open its second spot under the Green Bean Java Bistro brand.
“Since we opened the Green Bean in Morinville we’ve got more food involved,” Adsit said. “I think by calling it a Java Bistro, we emphasize on coffee and food. At the Coffee House people got confused not knowing we had food. Putting the word Bistro in there lets people know there is food in there.”
BANO is Adsit’s parent company for the restaurants, an initialism that stands for Biologically Appropriate – Never Outsourced. It is a philosophy, borrowed in part from another Morinville business – Champion Petfoods – that Adsit has worked into his company’s philosophy.
“We’re going to stick to our guns in that the products that we buy are consistent,” Adsit said. “I don’t just shop around for better pricing – I buy the best.”
The Edmonton location will not serve the Neopolitan Pizza that Morinville has come to be known for, at least not out of the gate. Instead, the Green Bean Java Bistro will offer a nightly pasta special. Breakfast will continue to be served at both locations from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and the board menus of sandwiches, salads and soups will be identical at both shops, and both locations will offer a lunch special.
The Green Bean Java Bistro is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Both locations close on Sundays.