by Jennie McKeon
A new life has been breathed into what once was Capriccio Café.
There’s new decor and some new menu items, but much of the customer favorites are still intact at Main Brew Coffee on Beal Parkway, which opened Wednesday. There’s even a few familiar faces.
Patrick Tatum, who helped open Capriccio Café, decided on a whim to get back into the coffee business by opening the new shop with his wife Shelagh.
“It was about three weeks ago I got the place,” he said. “I’ve always just been a manager … now I get to be creative and do whatever I want and play around with the menu.”
Tatum came to Fort Walton Beach by way of the Air Force. He started working in coffee shops in 2011.
“I like the people, and I’m getting to create and not having to worry about the 9 to 5 grind,” he said.
The Tatums are both strong in their Christian faith and want to use that in their business. In
the future, Patrick said he’d like the coffee shop to host worship nights and live music.
Most of all, he’d like Main Brew Coffee to be a place where patrons can relax with a drink or a croissant sandwich, do schoolwork or read. That’s why he redecorated the space with a cozier theme, adding a couple of comfy chairs and pillows on the benches. Friends from church worked all last weekend on the palette wall where homey knickknacks hang.
“I want this to be a place where people feel peace,” he said. “God’s doing some work here.”
As far as the coffee, Capriccio Café coffee beans are still available. The menu has no shortage of flavors, Patrick said. You can pair your drink with baked goods made from scratch by Shelagh or a sweet crepes filled with Nutella or fruit.
“We wanted to create a place where people can hang out and get really good food,” Shelagh said. “We want to be a staple in Fort Walton Beach.”
CHECK IT OUT
Stop by Main Brew Coffee at 661 Beal Parkway N.W. The shop is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit facebook.com/mainbrewcoffee.