Our Story

Brunch isn’t a time of Day, It’s a Feeling

We are the brand that bridges the gap between casual fine dining and breakfast. You can get all day brunch items , great cocktails and favorite beer on tap. With a variety of seating styles including “at the bar” we create a memorable dinning opportunity. A new concept that all day breakfast can be cool.

After a lifetime working in hospitality our CEO Heather Rhodes realized that she wanted to open her own concept. Heather and her husband Steve love to dine out. Their two little girls always wanted pancakes for dinner. They were regulars at a local breakfast place but it is never open for dinner. This is where the Hard Bean concept was born. There was no casual place to get their kids pancakes for dinner and where they could get a great cocktail in a fun upbeat setting like the places they love to frequent. As Heather says “Brunch isn’t a time of day its a feeling, we want to carry that feeling all hours”. With warm friendly service, new and innovative food items, creative cocktails we hope you love our concept as much as we loved creating it. 

Heather Rhodes

Heather Rhodes, our Owner/CEO, has worked for some heavy hitters in the business. After getting her first job at Cactus Club Café when she was 16, she fell in love with the Hospitality industry. After working for Cactus, she moved onto a local pub and helped them redefine their training and hiring systems. In this setting she learned a lot about building great customer relationships which in a pub setting regulars are everything. In 2008 she joined a growing brand called Browns Socialhouse. She has helped open, run and train staff for many locations over the years. Heather also has been a consultant in Training and Development for a local restaurant group with over 20+locations.

Geoff Morrison

Geoff Morrison our Culinary Director has experience working for Boston Pizza and Browns Socialhouse and has a strong reputation as a great chef and kitchen trainer. As a corporate trainer and Chef with Browns Socialhouse Geoff, opened restaurants, created systems for the kitchen, as well as the bar. Inventory management, costing and financials are all items he has a vast knowledge and implementation in.

Tyler Schuster

Our Director of Operation Tyler Schuster offers a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in the sector for 18 years for brands like Browns Socialhouse and Romer’s Burger Bar. Tyler provides a fun, energetic and passionate approach to food & beverage and has developed our cocktail, beer and wine program with those attributes shining through. Tyler has always believed in the adage that “you don’t have brunch with people you don’t like” and takes this approach when creating a culture of fun and excitement at the restaurant level.

Liam Ausin

Liam Ausin has join our group as Executive Chef. He has an extensive knowledge of kitchen knowledge. Liam is a Red Seal Chef and has worked for The Keg and Browns Socialhouse as Chef to Corporate trainer, to test kitchen Chef helping test each recipe that has come across his kitchen. Liam has worked many year with the ownership team and is a great addition to the group.

Morgan Benitez

Our Director of H.R., Media and Marketing. Morgan is a long time friend of Heather, meeting each other through the industry. Morgan comes with extensive knowledge with being in the industry food, beverage and service industry for over 15 years. Morgan helps with all of the day to day behind the scenes beside Heather, keeping her organized.