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Former Coffee Bean Building Being Renovated for New Businesses

Two of the four spaces in the building are still available for tenants.

If you’ve ambled by the site of the former Coffee Bean Café at 238 Lewis St. S., you’ve no doubt seen some life there as of late.

That’s because Ruben Martinez, who recently moved back from Boston, bought the building about a month ago and is fixing it up with plans for local businesses to move in.

“This is new – out of my area,” the IT security consultant said about purchasing, renovating and leasing the building. “I grew up here, though, so it’s fun investing in Shakopee.”

There’s space for four separate businesses in the building and so far, he has two takers – for the former Coffee Bean space and for one of the spaces directly across from the .

He said a couple is planning to open a restaurant offering traditional, authentic Mexican food in the corner space and that they are currently working on the menu.

Adjacent to the restaurant will be a store dedicated to soccer, run by people he said are involved with Shakopee soccer leagues.

“They are really into it and plan to have more stuff for soccer than you might find at a regular sports store,” he said.

Martinez said both businesses could be open within the next month.

Two more spaces in the building are available for tenants – one formerly was a photography business, he said. For more information on the space, email Martinez at Martinez@me.com.

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Penna1965 March 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Two Mexican food restaurants in the same building area? I wish them well. Parking is still an issue.
Lisa Baumann (Editor) March 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Was parking an issue when Coffee Bean was around? What businesses would you like to see downtown Penna?
Penna1965 March 29, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Yes parking was an issue when the Coffee Bean was around. Good grief, how many coffee shops/restaurants/stores have been in that location since I have been in this town - 1996? At least 6. The parking became worse when the library built. I remember when the dentist office was on the side of that building and that Pablo's was the only Mexican food in town. Do you really think gift shops, art centers, etc., are going to sustain a downtown? Shakopee doesn't even have a decent bakery.
Lisa Baumann (Editor) March 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Thanks for the history. What kind of business do you think would help sustain Shakopee's downtown?

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