As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread and affect day-to-day living, many local businesses have modified their workings in order to stay open, to help those in need, and to allow some normalcy in people lives. The Queen Bean Caffe is no exception and is going above and beyond to help.
Josh Conroy moved to Yucaipa 10 years ago and first opened Dairy Queen/Orange Julius. In 2013, he opened the Queen Bean at Yucaipa Boulevard and Fifth Street, and in 2016, he opened the Queen Bean at Crafton Hills College.
“Besides the Dairy Queen and the two Queen Bean Caffe restaurants, I work with commercial and residential multi-family real estate. We are in the planning phase right now of opening up a 32-unit 55-plus apartment building in Yucaipa right in between the Marketplace at Fifth Street Shopping Center and the adjacent Stater Bros. Shopping Center on Yucaipa Boulevard. It is called the Marketplace Crossing Apartments,” Conroy said in regard to other business ventures.
Conroy chose to open a coffee shop, wanting to offer great coffee and to give locals healthier food options while having a place to congregate. “After going with the franchise model of Dairy Queen, I felt like I had the knowledge and confidence to open my own establishment. I saw that Yucaipa lacked a place for people to congregate freely. I noticed that the city was under served in regard to coffee and healthier food options, so I thought I could obtain my objective by bringing the community together while also serving great food and drinks. I liked the idea of locally sourcing all of our items as it kept money within the local economy. There were also a lot of residents with certain dietary restrictions that we were able to cater to. We hosted art nights, open mics, presentations, and seminars. This brought people of all walks of life together, which was neat to see.”
Conroy and his staff are currently following the CDC, state and San Bernardino Environmental Health guidelines while continuing to stay open. Queen Bean currently offers free meals for children, with no purchase necessary and it offers free coffee for first responders, police, fire, medical professionals, doctors and nurses. Dairy Queen is also offering free cones to kids. “The radical changes in daily life from the COVID-19 closures have certainly affected our children as well, so what better to cheer up a child’s day than with an ice cream cone!” said Conroy.
Popular foods at Queen Bean include the TBC (turkey, bacon and chipotle) sandwich. It is served on ciabatta bread with avocado, lettuce, turkey, bacon and adobo chili chipotle. The Green Valley burger is also a fan favorite and is completely meat and dairy free. Favorite drinks include Dulce de Leche Caramel Latte and loose leafed teas.
The Queen Bean is a coffee fan favorite. It has over 300 four- and five-star reviews on Yelp. “Great place, especially for all your Uber Eats needs,” said one reviewer. “Great little cafe coffee shop. Employees are super friendly, and they have a good selection of vegan options. So many different tea drinks (with and without caffeine and kombucha on tap too),” said another.
Queen Bean Caffe is located at 12045 Fifth St. in Yucaipa in the Marketplace. Store hours have been modified due to COVID-19 and it is now open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for pickup. Customers can order by calling-in, placing web orders or through Uber Eats. Dairy Queen/Orange Julius is located next door to Queen Bean and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., serving through the drive-through or Uber Eats. The Queen Bean at Crafton Hills College is currently closed as the college is closed.
To see a full menu, visit www.queenbeancaffee.com. To place an order for pick up, call 797-2326.