The popular Green Bean Coffee House burned down Oct. 23. It was a ministry of Sanctuary Christian Reformed Church in Seattle (see Banner, November 2009, p. 12). Taproot Theatre, where Sanctuary holds its worship services, sustained heavy smoke and water damage. Arson has been determined as the cause.
Acknowledging that the coffeehouse is more than its building, Rev. Randy Rowland said, “The Green Bean is unscathed. On the other hand, the building is gone.” A neighboring competitor has offered space so the Green Bean could reopen immediately, if the church chooses.