In French, beau means beautiful, and bien means good — so it’s no wonder that Glenn (Beau) and Terri Beaubien are having a beautifully good time since taking the reins at State Street Market, 208 State St.
The Beaubiens, who took over the business June 30, say it’s grown a lot over the past year and they’re adding new menu items and business hours to accommodate that growth.
“It’s been pretty seamless for the most part, a very smooth transition,” Terri said.
“We wouldn’t be here if Kary (Lockwood, the previous owner) hadn’t laid a great foundation,” she added, and also mentioned that she was happy to retain members of Lockwood’s staff.
Keeping the previous owners’ focus on providing healthy dining options for downtown Alton while adding some of their own menu options has been “not only our pleasure — it’s our passion,” Terri said.
Beau said, “On the lunch menu, we’ve added an Italian beef sandwich and kept the mushroom vegetable soup, which is a daily staple.”
Brunch fans will be thrilled to learn State Street Market offers breakfast options on Saturdays.
Terri offered a preview of the breakfast menu. “We always have two gluten-free quiches; one will have meat in it, and the other is completely veggie,” she said. “We offer brioche French toast that is melt-in-your-mouth. House-made porridge with fruit and nuts. Breakfast paninis. And we make homemade biscuits and gravy every Saturday morning. We have mimosas, craft beer and wine here, too.”
One of Terri’s favorite breakfast dishes, the Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love, is a tribute to both Elvis Presley and her own father, and consists of house-made French toast that has peanut butter, bananas and bacon stuffed inside it with maple syrup.
Other changes include what Terri called a “facelift” to the interior décor, rearranging and landscaping. Beau described the updated back patio as a “work in progress.”
In addition, the couple plans to stay open in the evenings as fall weather sets in.
“Right around the corner, we’re looking at opening from 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays. We’re trying to solidify some music — acoustic guitars, a three-piece.”
Food and happy hour specials will be available in the evenings, as well.
Most important to the Beaubiens is that Greater Alton residents know they are thrilled to be part of the community and are ready to “build relationships,” which Terri says small businesses are built upon.
“We want Alton to know that we want to support Alton,” she said. “We’ve tried to go to dinner and support and meet the local restaurant owners. I come from a small community, and I know how important that is.”
Terri explained, “You can call us ahead with almost any request — you know, we will open at almost any hour for groups of eight or more. If I have eight people who want to get together for dinner or breakfast, I’ll do that.”
She hopes to provide space and nosh for many private events in the upcoming months, as well.
“We have (hosted) quite a few events — wedding showers, a 95th birthday,” she said. “Events are huge to us, and we love to open our doors during off hours. We’re able to accommodate — just call us 24 hours in advance.
“It’s our goal to always give back those same standards that we expect when we go out to eat,” she said. “Accommodating guests in a restaurant is a lost art.”
For information, visit their Facebook page, titled State Street Market of Alton, or stop in for lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday or for breakfast between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
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