Fuel is a coffeeshop that sells coffee, tea, lunch and snacks and is a community hub for local groups, gatherings, live music, and non-denominational worship services. People come in to meet, work on their computers with the free wifi, study, eat lunch, practice music or attend concerts by local music groups. It is run as a non-profit by a committee as an outreach to the community. The spoken language is English, occasionally Spanish, as Llano has a small Mexican-American population.
Originally built in the mid-1800s, it sits in the middle of a historic row of buildings just off the town square. At the entrance, built 6 feet up from the street is a concrete sidewalk with iron railings, accessable by stairs. The walls have never been painted and show the raw rock and mortar of the original construction, inside and out. On the street side are two huge plate glass windows and 2 large windowed doors, each of which is topped by semi-circular, 4-piece transom window. In the past before air conditioning the transoms opened for ventilation and to release heat buildup at the top of the building. Floors are original thick wood planks held down by visible screws.
There's a semi-circular 25 ft. long raised stage against one long wall with a good, always-in-tune piano and sound equipment. On the opposite wall are the sound booth and coffee bar, kitchen, storage and office. 12-foot drop ceilings conceal retrofitted AC and electricity. A long beam down center is supported by central posts. There are 3 sofas for lounging, tables and chairs all around for meeting and working, long wood bar along left wall with stools and lots of bookshelves with books to read, board games, and kids' toys. Lining the walls are posters and artwork, as well as decorative signs for local businesses who help support Fuel with donations. Upstairs has large empty space, currently unoccupied.
Every time you come, there's a different group depending on the day, some customers who come in for coffee, knitting, after-school teenagers hanging out. Local business people, Llano residents, students, employees and jurors from the courthouse across the street often come here on their lunches and breaks. There's always a strong aroma of coffee, as it's a coffeeshop and the staff keeps buckets of coffee grounds for local gardeners.
So many people come here from all walks of life, from lawyers and judges to local teens to store owners and employees as well as homeless people who come in for a coffee or to cool off or warm up. There's no one who would be automatically excluded from Fuel, unless of course they were being rowdy, in which case they'd get a firm talking to by some of the other guests. The baristas are locals and if anyone comes in appearing to be in need, they are knowlegeable about local services and can usually get people help if it's necessary.