Monday, November 17, 2008

Train station coffee bar to expand

Train station coffee bar to expand
By Ben Antonius and Ian Thompson | Daily Republic | November 17, 2008

Kirk Knutson is the owner of El Capitan Coffee Co. in the Suisun-Fairfield Amtrak station. Photo by Brad Zweerink

SUISUN CITY - That's the sound of success arriving.

The El Capitan Coffee Company in Suisun City's train station is graduating from being a coffee bar to a cafe that will be offering a wider menu to the area's train commuters.

Within a couple of weeks, the business will have a full kitchen and should be able to offer items such as breakfast burritos, salads, soups and grilled sandwiches, said owner Kirk Knutson.

The evening hours for El Capitan will also be expanded and there are plans to be open on weekends. Knutson said he will still be offering Nathan's Famous Dogs and the coffee that made him popular with commuters.

The change is part of the Suisun City Redevelopment Agency's plans to bring more people to the train station, which is located at the north end of Main Street.

Greyhound Bus Lines buses now stop at the train station nine times a day as part of a three-way deal between Greyhound Bus Lines, Rio Vista and Suisun City.

The buses returned to the station on July 18 after abruptly dropping service there in July 2006 as a cost-saving measure. Efforts are still ongoing to reach an agreement with Greyhound to put a ticket salesperson at the train station.