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Battle Bean takes over McChord’s Lancealatte

Northwest Guardian

Published: 04:02PM April 24th, 2014

Battle Bean has landed at McChord Field.

The coffee shop brand operated by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation has moved into the Lancealatte location in Building 100, pairing with Habañero Mexican Grill to offer a new menu with the same great coffee.

“We’re really trying to grab that made-to-order concept,” said Josh Boisvert, deputy chief of FMWR’s business operations division. “Before, it was just some bagels and some resale food. It’s time to energize it, and we saw an opportunity to add the Habañero flavor to it.”

Breakfast burritos with chorizo, bacon or sausage top the new menu, each offered for $4.50. For a more European breakfast, Battle Bean has fresh waffles and syrup for $2.25.

The freshly baked pastries recently introduced at the Battle Bean on Lewis Main also are at the McChord site, Boisvert said.

MWR changed the lunch menu too. The location has a panini grill and offers a turkey/havarti option and a ham/Swiss option. Both come with bacon.

Paninis not your thing? No problem, Habañero manager Mike Cortinas said: you can get it on a croissant or in a wrap. All are offered with the soup of the day in a combination meal.

The coffee stays the same, Boisvert said. MWR procures beans through a local broker, and the roasting and processing are done on base.

“We want it to be a high-quality product for our customers over there,” Boisvert said.

Cortinas said people coming by already have said how much they like the breakfast burritos and ready-to-make sandwiches.

The proof of that is in the numbers: Cortinas said revenue already has picked up from where its been for the past couple years.

“They were looking at closing the facility down, but they asked me if I could bring any new ideas, because it is a great service to Building 100’s personnel there,” Cortinas said.

The focus is on creating a friendly environment for all service members and their families, Cortinas said, adding that he thought everyone deserved a decent meal.

The new logo is set to be displayed by week’s end, Cortinas said. The new logo features the C-17 Globmaster III with a sunburst behind it.

“It’s only the first three weeks, but I hope we continue to grow,” he said. “I know we’re getting more workers into the building, and hopefully those workers come check us out. I see nothing but great potential.”