Introducing Handlebar Café, a community space disguised as a coffee shop, from the founders of Nantucket Bike Tours. Genuine personal connections breed happiness. But they’re not always easy to come by. Year-round island residents Courtney and Jason Bridges are on a mission to create a space where islanders and visitors alike can connect with the world on their own terms.
Nantucket’s newest coffee shop, the Handlebar Café, welcomes patrons who are as comfortable sitting quietly with their iPad as they are banishing their phones for an hour to connect with friends face-to-face. With doors now open and roasted beans in the brewer, the Handlebar serves hot and iced coffee drinks, exotic teas, quick snacks, and healthy light bites.
Owners Courtney and Jason Bridges founded Nantucket Bike Tours in 2011. Courtney has been immersed in the restaurant industry since childhood, and just finished her fourth year as a teacher at Nantucket Lighthouse School. Bridges, an island resident since 1999, brings over 10 years of Nantucket restaurant experience to the coffee table.
In a move that is unconventional for the service industry, the Bridges have hired their staff based mostly on personality rather than past work experience. Jason says, “Making a great cappuccino can be learned. Being truly pleasant is built into a person’s core. At the Handlebar, you can count on being served by a staffer who is delighted to make you a vanilla latte as you catch up your afternoon emails, whip up a quick iced coffee for you on your way to work, or serve you some great munchies as you enjoy a leisurely afternoon with a friend. I want the Handlebar to be a staple in the community, where people come to share ideas and add to the collective intelligence of our island.”
The Handlebar is open year-round and seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Get to know the Handlebar better by dropping by 15 Washington to get a handle on some coffee.