About Us

The original Green Bean opened in 1995 in the old Herald building and had a three part model: part café/roasterie, part dining room and part catering.

We found great success in this location, especially in our ability to adapt to corporate Calgary’s changing needs for food services.  As more businesses encouraged working breakfasts and lunches, instead of people coming to our restaurant, we were able to adapt to bringing lunch to them-eventually selling the coffee roaster and expanding our kitchen to focus on the catering aspect of the business, while still running the café.  For more than 17 years we served our customers from this location, however, as we continued to grow and the Herald building was slated for demolition the Green Bean moved down the street into Calgary House.

We moved to 550 6 Avenue SW across from the courthouse on June 27th, 2012. We decided to part with our sister restaurant the Chowder House’s name and adapt the Green Bean to keep the best of both our old locations in one space: a larger kitchen to expand our catering abilities and a vibrant restaurant focusing on weekday breakfast and lunch service, offering the dining room for private parties evenings and weekends.  The 11 years we spent at Calgary House was amazing and we hosted many fantastic events in our dining room as well as continuing to provide our corporate catering throughout the city.

Covid-19 was not kind to any of us, and although Jackie Tyler and Owen Beddoe  managed to navigate the business through the pandemic found that a 65 seat dining room focused on corporate lunch crowds didn’t necessarily work with the “new normal” where almost everyone had a hybrid office. The decision to say good bye to our seating wasn’t easy, but we are really excited to be in our new space in Vintage House at 322 11th Avenue now and look forward to the café we will open in 2024. Steve Beddoe retired during the pandemic, but you can still catch him giving us a hand on our busy days. 

We still have the same high quality products: all our food is handmade so we can tell our clients exactly what has gone into their meal.  Every day our turkey, beef, ham and chicken is roasted and sliced in house, our salad fillings are made fresh, desserts are baked, all in all making it hard for any of us to stick to a diet. We are so looking forward to bringing you lunch soon!