New owners open Brew St. as the first vegan restaurant in Midland


When Carlos and Marcy Madrid reopened Brew St. with a vegan menu in October, they wanted to keep the community atmosphere established by the previous owners and create a restaurant that would appeal to both vegans and meat eaters.

“That was really such an important aspect in creating this social community where it is who you are. We don’t judge people, we don’t try to impose a lifestyle on people,” said Marcy Madrid. “We really want to create a place that everyone can come, regardless of their food preferences, regardless of their lifestyle preferences – they can come and feel accepted and welcome and find something without feeling singled out.”

The Madrid-based company bought Brew St. from Julie Kent and her daughter, who wanted to sell the space after the economic downturn from COVID-19. They said Kent wanted to sell to people who would keep the cafe as the cornerstone of the community.

As Brew St. was best known for coffee and pastries, the Madrid residents hired the previous pastry chef and asked her if she could make old staples – like the mocha cake, lemon bar, and cinnamon buns – with vegan substitutes. They also added more pastries, including scones and oil-free donuts.

They developed the menu of their favorite recipes when they started eating plant-based five years ago and took inspiration from vegan restaurants in Dallas, Austin, and California. Some of the most popular menu items are street tacos and street corn, chilli frito pie, burgers with beyond meat, and pizzas. Dairy and meat dishes are also available with every meal for those who want them.

New vegan menu items will be available starting next month, including fish tacos, buffalo chicken salads, lasagna and meatball subs.

Marcy Madrid switched to a plant-based diet in 2015 after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She said cutting off meat and dairy products stopped the progression of her disease, but it was initially isolated to make the switch.

“You don’t realize how sociable eating a meal is until you take it away,” she said. “I never realized how emotionally we are connected with our food and the sharing of our meals with people, until suddenly you have to be different and you can’t share that.”

Carlos and Marcy Madrid said they wanted to start a restaurant where those who were vegan or who ate less meat or dairy products for health reasons could feel comfortable eating out with family and friends.

The restaurant and coffee house has also served as a place for students to study and for those who work at home during the pandemic to leave, they said. They said that they have several regulars from Odessa because there is no similar opportunity to study or work there.

Carlos Madrid said it was challenging to open a restaurant during the pandemic and they could tell when cases were increasing in the community based on the number of customers.

“If you stick to the rules of when and how to open a new restaurant in the middle of a pandemic where restaurant capacity is limited and people don’t go to public social places like restaurants, we have it for everyone Case done. “Don’t follow the rules,” said Marcy Madrid.

They said the community’s support for local businesses and their Christian faith are the main reasons for its opening and success. They hope to be able to open a second location in the future, possibly in Odessa.

Brew St. Brew and Food is open Monday through Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. They have live music on Fridays and Saturdays and open mic nights every first Thursday of the month.


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