Expansion and Facelift Approved for How You Brewin?

Dec 05, 2018
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With no variances required, How You Brewin? Coffee Co. was granted permission to expand the interior of its Surf City location into the space next to it, formerly occupied by the shop How To Live. At its Nov. 28 meeting, the Surf City Land Use Board heard the application for plans that will double the size of the coffee shop/restaurant from 1,500 square feet to 3,000 square feet, and increase its seating from 32 to 49.

In his testimony, co-owner Dan Malay indicated, “We’re just trying to accommodate growth. Business has been strong in our 12 years at that location, so it’s time to bring How You Brewin? to the next level, and to give our customers some more elbow room.”

Construction is expected to take three to four months and will get underway as soon as permits are issued.

A goal is that the coffee shop will remain open during renovations, Malay said.

In addition to the interior expansion, the approved application includes significant landscaping and front façade improvements, plus a potential gas firepit with surrounding water feature.

Matt Davis of Smith and Davis Architects Inc. testified for the applicants, “The front façade upgrades really beautify the building and bring it up to a more classy look.”

Charlie Morris of Bay Avenue Plant Co. also testified regarding the landscaping and plantings that are planned, saying, “This will be an extension of what Dan did in phase one with plantings and landscape lighting.”

The board voted unanimously to approve the project.

Borough Engineer Frank J. Little Jr. had said in his report to the board that “review of the submitted plan indicates that all bulk requirements for the existing structure are met. No variance relief is required.”

With this added elbow room, How You Brewin? intends also to expand  its wholesaling of cold brew and nitro coffee on tap.

Of this budding element to the business, Malay said, “This past year, we started servicing some other wonderful shops in our area with our cold brew coffee products, and it has been a resounding success.  We look forward in 2019 to adding to the list of local cafés, markets and bars who are looking to partner with us to provide quality cold brew from an established local brand.”

Another new service in store is a delivery program that hearkens back to tradition, yet with the technology of today.

“We’re putting the finishing touches on a Doorstep Delivery program that will allow our growler owners to order coffee similar to the old milkman model,” Malay said. “We’re excited about this added service, and users will be able to place their order through an app on their phone.”

Board members included compliments as they cast their votes. “You have done a beautiful job with the exterior design. Thank you for undertaking such a beautiful upgrade,” said member Sandra Klose.

Board member Gavin Hodgson commended the presentation and property improvement.

Plans provide for an existing seating area with 30 seats and a new seating area with 19 seats, as well as the existing kitchen/food/coffee prep area, storage areas, a new coffee prep area, three restrooms and a walk-in freezer.

The required number of parking spaces of 16 will be met, including one handicapped parking stall. The calculation is based on requirements of one space for every five seats plus one space for each of six employees.

Giving kudos to their now-former neighbors at How To Live, Malay said,  “Be sure to go visit them in their new second location, which will be opening in Beach Haven. They’ve been the best neighbors, and we wish them well in their expanded endeavor on the south end.”

— Maria Scandale


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