Wild Bean and Thunderbird Taco to update storefronts


By Sarah Richardson

The two businesses will remain open throughout the construction process.
The Wild Bean will add new four-seater tables to their outdoor patio.

The Wild Bean and Thunderbird Taco are getting a facelift just in time for fall! The two ever-popular downtown hotspots are both getting a new front facade, with the Bean even expanding their outdoor seating. Roger Dolan, owner of the Wild Bean, said, “There will be a lot of copper on the front of the bean, as well as a new awning. The taco shop will be getting an awning, as well, along with new window trim.”

The Bean will install new wood trim, copper field panels, and menu boards, while Thunderbird will add new wooden trim and relocate their sign. Both businesses will have a fresh coat of paint, along with brand new outdoor recessed lighting. JK Janiga Architects have designed the plans, which have been approved by the Historic Landmarks Commission.

He added, “We are really excited about the new outside seating,” and said that the stage will need to be torn out in order to make room. The stage will be replaced with updated flooring, and the indoor window seating will still be available.

It should take six to seven weeks for the construction to be done, and both the bean and Thunderbird plan to be open throughout the process.