Mr. B’s is a coffee and snack shop on Short Street that has cultivated a solid fan base of college students and locals alike in its six years of business. If you haven’t been before, stop by for glazed donuts from the hot case (fried fresh every morning), a cheap and tasty Sunday dinner or even just to chat with the warm and friendly owners, Bobbie and Vicky Wilson.
Bobbie (or Mr. B as he’s known by friends and customers) opened Mr. B’s six years ago, shortly after he and Vicky got married, but he has been in the food business for 15 years making his signature pork rinds and popcorn, which are sold across the state.
Bobbie and Vicky take pride in serving student-friendly food at a reasonable price. Their most popular dish is the bacon cheeseburger basket, a substantial meal. Over the years their restaurant has become known as much for the food as for being a community hotspot.
“I sit out here and visit with people,” says Bobbie of his favorite pastime at the shop. “I speak to everyone coming in the door.” Even after a recent illness that left him wheel-chair bound, Bobbie spent as much time as possible in the shop during his recovery.
Vicky is from the Philippines and is the woman responsible for catering the anthropology lunches on advising days at the college. She is also responsible for the charming decorations that adorn Mr. B’s: an extensive state mug and shot glass collection, lace doilies, colored glass lamps, and a variety of plants decorate the crowded walls.
Perhaps most notable of the decorations are the large state and world maps (one in the main front room, one in the back) with stickers representing visitors from around the globe. Bobbie is especially proud of a sticker representing a customer from New Zealand.
“We do appreciate having them,” says Bobbie of the Beloit students that frequent Mr. B’s. “And we’d like to have more of them.”
Breakfast and lunch are served all day, and Mr. B’s stays open till 7 p.m. on Sundays especially for students. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Wednesday.
To get there: It’s about five minutes, on foot. From campus, follow College Street south to Grand Avenue; take a slight left on Grand (you won’t even go a block) and an immediate right on Short Street. Mr. B’s is located at 315 Short Street—if you’re coming from campus, it will be on the left side of the street.