When husband and wife Charles and Rhonda Blair opened Old Town Spring’s Liquid Bean Cafe in August, they opted not to include a drive-thru for fear it would eliminate their favorite part of owning a business—getting to know their customers. However, to comply with countywide mandates during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the couple had no choice but to begin offering only curbside service in mid-March.

“We like getting to know our customers so even though I’m in the back cooking, I will get out here and meet all the customers because we want everyone to feel welcome and feel like they’re at home and feel like they’re family,” Rhonda said.

The cafe features 28 types of coffee beans from local roasters, loose-leaf herbal teas and homemade pastries.

In addition to crafting coffee-and espresso-based beverages in-house, which change seasonally, Liquid Bean Cafe also sells its coffee beans in quarter-, half- and full-pound bags for patrons to take home.

“We always try to find out what they’re brewing [the coffee] with so that we can grind it the right way for them because the grind that you use and the water is very key to good coffee,” Rhonda said.

To complement the coffee, Liquid Bean Cafe also offers all-day breakfast and lunch with signature items such as the LBC Taco, which is a pancake filled with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese and a choice of meat, served with syrup and salsa.

Once the dining room reopens, patrons can enjoy counter and table service, an outdoor patio, workstations with charging ports, free Wi-Fi, and a lounge area with couches.

“The name-brand places will be fine, but us locals have to go above and beyond to keep going,” Rhonda said.

Liquid Bean Cafe

317 Gentry St., Spring



Temporary hours: Curbside service is available Thu.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.