> 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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May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
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May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
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Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
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May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
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First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 4 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
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Jun 4 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 5 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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Jun 6 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
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Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 6 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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Jun 6 at Windsor Senior Center
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Jun 7 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 9 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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Jun 9 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
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Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 11 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 12 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
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Jun 13 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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Jun 13 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
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Jun 13 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
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Jun 14 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
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Jun 14 at online
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 16 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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Jun 16 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 18 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 18 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
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Jun 18 at Windsor Historical Society
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 19 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 20 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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Jun 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
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Jun 20 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 21 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
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Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
Board of Directors Mtg
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Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
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May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios