Business Spotlight: Oliver’s Sophisticated Bean
by: Robert Isenberg
“I really want people to come in here, enjoy a sandwich, and be able to work,” says Phoenix native Oliver Bryan. “We had to have a lot of outlets, we had to have comfortable seats, and we had to have a lot of table space. Students are our target market.”
Bryan loves coffee, and he long dreamed of opening a café. After serving in the Navy, Bryan crashed his motorcycle and suffered a traumatic brain injury. During his recovery, he met Ray Lamb, a retired banker who had survived a similar accident. They became friends and decided to open the café together.
True to their vision, Oliver’s serves coffee and Americanos, plus a range of sandwiches using local ingredients. (The greens are grown on the premises, thanks to in-house hydroponic towers). The café’s signature drink is the “Ozzy,” which includes three scoops of gelato and two shots of espresso. During the day, sunlight pours through the gigantic windows. Oliver’s stays open until midnight on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on the weekend, a bright beacon for late-night workers with a yearning for java.
“We love the Art District,” says Bryan. “Our customers are very eclectic. We’re very blessed.”
Feeling under caffeinated? Have a laptop full of unfinished work? Oliver’s is the perfect destination. Just look for the top hat.
Oliver’s Sophisticated Bean
333 E. Roosevelt St. M-Th, 6:00a – midnight
(480) 202-6473 Fri-Sa, 6:00a – 2:00a / Sunday, 3:00p-midnight
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