Coffee shop to re-open


A new coffee company will move into the Main Street space formerly occupied Freaky Bean as early as next week.

Riverwalk Coffee Roasters will be operated by the owner of the building, South Portland-based T&T Development, according to manager Joyce Talbot.

Talbot said Tuesday she expected the shop to open for business on July 1. Initially, she said, the menu will offer the basics, but the company will be looking for feedback from customers to determine how the menu will expand.

“It will grow as the shop grows,” Talbot said. “We’ll listen to what people are saying.”

That expansion, she said, could include ice cream and lunch items.

Michael Walker, who said he’s been working in restaurants since he was 14 years old, will be the general manager of the shop. Walker said the coffee beans will come from Carpe Diem Coffee Roasting Co. in North Berwick.

In addition to coffee, Walker said, the shop will offer smoothies flavored with strawberry, banana and chocolate, and with names like Presumpscot and Saccarappa, making them unique to Westbrook.

Though the new company will be like none other, Talbot said, the store will have the same look as it did when it was operated by Freaky Bean, the southern Maine coffee shop chain that closed its Westbrook headquarters at the end of February – and the rest of its stores in March – about a year and a half after opening.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Talbot said.

T&T Development also owns the former Freaky Bean shop in South Portland, and is working to find a tenant there.

Coffee shop to re-open