> Out & About: Todd DeWald, owner of The Beanery Bistro

Out & About: Todd DeWald, owner of The Beanery Bistro

Out & About: Todd DeWald, owner of The Beanery Bistro
Interviewed by: TL Rotkiewicz Photo by: Michael Taylor

Todd DeWald is the owner of The Beanery Bistro at 55 Palisado Ave. It was established in 2005 and originally occupied space at 697 Poquonock Ave., run by sisters Carol Engelmann and Jane Garibay. In 2008, Bart’s Drive-In owner Don Trinks purchased the business, where Engelmann continued to oversee operations until her retirement. Todd took over in May of 2017. He is a Chamber of Commerce member.

Todd was born and raised in a small farm town in Pennsylvania. He went to the University of New Haven and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice after four years. Three months later, he joined the police academy and became an officer for eighteen months at the Seymour Police Department. Within that amount of time, Todd came to a realization. He says, "I decided it wasn't for me." Newly wed to wife Rebecca in the winter of 2016, she has a name built within the community. Her father is Windsor Mayor and owner of Bart's Drive-In, Donald S. Trinks. When Todd wanted to start his own business, it was his father in-law who sold The Beanery to him.

The Beanery began getting a new makeover in the spring of last year. Todd added his own touch to it, but wanted to keep the same aspect of what people have grown to know it as. Keeping to his word, Todd sells sandwiches, coffees, and smoothies. The added touch though is doughnuts and pastries made from scratch.

As a first-time business operator, Todd has no problems. Only he and his wife run The Beanery, but have a list of things to do. It's a matter of time and money to do things. Bookkeeping and running daily operations keep them busy. The two work about sixty hours a week, a lot of long hours. Todd shrugs it off. "We're both young." The Beanery finds its patrons through word of mouth and the fact they are next door to Bart's helps traffic flow. They've been trying to establish themselves with social media to get the word out. It seems to work as they do get regulars. Todd notes that, "I feel that there's a lot of room for expansion. Just hoping we get there."

Over the past few months of late, another part has been added to The Beanery. It's called "The Bottle Shop." Started when he and his wife got married two years ago, the couple began doing things with wine bottles. The idea came from using them as decorations for their wedding. They make Lights, wind chimes, and bird feeders. Rebecca does all of the etchings in vases and lanterns. They have sold their wares at the Windsor Lions Club Craft Fair in May. Outside of The Beanery, the DeWalds have their own on-line shop on Etsy. Todd says he was involved with wood workshop classes back in high school.

Todd has grown to like Windsor. "It's a big town, but it has a small town feel to it. It's right next to everything. You can do all of the shopping within it or nearby others for all your needs. It's close to Enfield and Hartford. It's close to the airport." He really likes Windsor because of the activities that abound such as the Summer Concert Series on the green, Shad Derby, Northwest Park, and Memorial Day parades. Todd always gets something from the Windsor Lions Club Craft Fair for his mom too. Todd says, where he grew up, they never had such things. There was a flea market at the local firehouse and that was about it. He can truly appreciate what's here in Windsor.

Three words that describe Todd: Adventurous. Creative. Optimistic.


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Diabetic Support Group
Jun 18 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Kick-Off to Summer Art Week
Jun 18 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Jun 19 at Windsor Historical Society
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Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 20 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Strawberry Festival
Jun 22 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Windsor Art Center Tag Sale
Jun 22 at Windsor Art Center
Call for Artists - Member Show
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Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 23 at Keney Park Golf Course
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jun 24 at Windsor Art Center Studios
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Jun 24 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Ave
Monday Morning Book Club
Jun 24 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series - Planet of the
Jun 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jun 27 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Mid-20th C. Tiki Drinks & Culture!
Jun 28 at Windsor Historical Society
Christopher Martin Art Show
Jul 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Young Artist’s Watercolor Day
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movies Series
Jul 2 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Christopher Martin's Art Reception
Jul 6 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 8 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Jul 9 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jul 10 at Northwest Park, Lang Rd, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Art Center - Member Show
Jul 13 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Garden Club Garden Tour
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Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 15 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Diabetic Support Group
Jul 16 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Jul 16 at Windsor Public Library
National Hot Dog Day
Jul 17 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jul 17 at Windsor High School J113
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
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Windsor Art Center - Artist Talk
Jul 20 at Windsor Art Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 22 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Jul 22 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jul 25 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 29 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Jul 30 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
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Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 1 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 5 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Aug 6 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monster Madness Art Day
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Aug 13 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
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Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 15 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT