When the pandemic hit last year, the former owners of Brew Street sold the coffee shop to new owners, and now Brew Street is reopened as Midland's first vegan restaurant and coffee shop.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Carlos and Marcy Madrid reopened Brew Street last October and kept the atmosphere of the previous owners while creating a restaurant they say will be loved by vegans and meat-eaters too, it is now known as Brew St. Brew and Food.

“That was really such an important aspect of creating that social community where it’s come as you are, we’re not judging people, we’re not trying to force any lifestyle on people,” said owner Marcy Madrid. “We really want to create a place where anyone can come no matter their food preferences, no matter what their lifestyle preferences are – they can come and feel accepted and welcome, and they can find something without feeling singled out.”

Marcy Madrid switched to a plant based diet when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2015, so she wanted to make a restaurant that had a vegan menu because she knows what its like to feel isolated because of a vegan diet.

“You don't realize how social eating a meal is until you have that taken away,” she said. “I never realized how emotionally intertwined we are with our food and sharing our meals with people until all of a sudden you have to be different, and you can’t share that.”

Community support and their Christian faith are the two things they say that has helped in their success and they are hoping to open a second location, possibly in Odessa soon.

Brew St. Brew and Food's hours are 6:30am-9pm Monday-Wednesday, and 6:30am-11pm Thursday-Saturday with live music on Fridays and Saturdays and open mic night the first Thursday of the month.

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