The bowl and toast menu have been pared down. The two bowls on the new menu are the chili and the Bento. The Bento has moist chunks of free range chicken and tender, nutty brown rice topped with baby spinach and hazelnuts judiciously drizzled with a housemade sauce that tasted like a light teriyaki — subtly sweet and salty. Avocado toast is the only remnant of the old toast menu. The avocado toast comes with avocado (of course), feta, basil, olive oil and cracked pepper on gluten-free bread. Two acai bowls have been added. One of the acai bowls is topped with house made gluten-free granola, banana, strawberry, coconut, hazelnut, raspberry compote and bee pollen. The other is a classic acai with acai, strawberry, apple and banana.
Off to a busy start
Customers can also buy fresh flowers from April May flowers. Concannon explained, “Get a juice and grab a beautiful bouquet of flowers.”
When Concannon heard that one of her favorite spots, Be Well, was closing, she knew it was the perfect business opportunity for her. Her goal is that “each individual who comes through our doors leaves fed, both body and soul!”
I arrived at the grand opening on Jan. 8 around lunchtime. The line kept extending midway through the room during the hour I was there. At first, it seemed that the crew had things under control — food and drink were streaming out at a rapid rate. At some point, the system hit overload. A waitress carrying a Bento bowl called out the name Charley and repeatedly walked the length of the room. Eventually, she gave up and handed it to another customer who had also order the Bento telling him, “You’re Charley now.”
The crowd was a mix of people in casual business attire, parents with small kids, teens and millennials. Most of them seemed to know the new owner, greeting her as she rapidly fired off free lattes from behind a large espresso machine. Through all the chaos, Concannon kept her cool. She mentioned that she’d been up since 2 a.m., but her exhaustion did not show as she simultaneously chatted up well-wishers, pulled shots and frothed milk.
If You Go
• What: Be Well Juice Bar.
• Where: 1012 Washington St., Vancouver.
• Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
• Contact: BeWellJuiceBar.com
It’s likely that the pandemonium of opening day will subside and the crew will find its flow. If Concannon’s friends become regulars, the new Be Well will be a raging success. It will be interesting to see if it continues to morph into a coffee house and to watch the transition of the menu. A Be Well app will be up and running by mid-January so you can get in and out quickly.
Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram @couveeats.