Fill ’er Up
Fuel Coffee Shop is growing and expanding
Photo by Megan Haley
After 11 years on the west side of Main Street in Great Barrington, FUEL COFFEE SHOP has moved across the street into the former Gypsy Joynt and has settled in quite nicely. To get to that point, owners Robin and Will Curletti stripped away black paint, plaster, and plywood to uncover old brick walls—and found a built-in arch exactly over the new coffee bar.
“It lined up to the inch,” Robin says. “There have been a lot of moments like that, when things fell into place.”
Fuel is growing in the larger space. Along with a bakery and coffee from No. 6 Depot and Mocha Joe’s, there’s a full kitchen. Chef Alex Brink—whose local stints include Red Lion Inn and Marketplace Cafe—is building a menu with local ingredients like grass-fed beef from Robin’s father’s farm. Sunday brunch is accompanied by piano jazz, and nightlife is on the way. The Curlettis are planning evening events starting in December and will have a dinner menu by the time their liquor license comes through. Concerts, live poetry, an open mic, art exhibits, and group knitting also are on the horizon.
Her first job was in the former Fuel location when it was Berkshire Coffee Roasting Company. She met Will there, and the couple even had their first date at the new Fuel location, then the Union Bar and Grill. “The space spoke to us,” she says.
Fuel Coffee Shop
293 Main St.,
Great Barrington, MA