Traditional Spanish cuisine is the idea behind Dulce Cafe & Bakery, which had a grand opening recently.
Diane Vega, 25, and her husband, Hector, 29, are from Colombia and Puerto Rico, respectively. They “took a few of the favorites of Latin foods” when planning the menu for the business. But they also take requests from customers and rotate items for daily specials.
Open for about six months, the business joined in on the grand opening celebration with other businesses opening in the plaza at 3310 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Dulce features breakfast sandwiches made with Cuban bread, corn cakes, gluten-free cheesy bread and more. Breakfast items run from $1.50 to $4.99.
Lunch items include sandwiches, soups and salads between $4.99 and $8.99. Hot and cold coffee and tea, sodas, juices and shakes are available.
“My dad was in the food import business and we liked to eat out,” Diane Vega said. “We felt that this area needed a good Spanish cafe with a nice atmosphere.”
The grand opening drew Jeshilma Villafane of Riverview to drive to South Tampa with her children.
“We don’t get a lot of Latin pastries. This place has a bit of everything,” Villafane said.
Her daughter Natalia, 9, had a chocolate chip cookie and 10-year-old Karina went for a guava pastry.
Both said the treats were great with the pastry “really sweet” and the cookie containing “very good chocolate.”
Kimberly Evans works in another store in the plaza and said she visits the bakery often. “The pastries are just amazing,” Evans said.
The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. For information, call (813) 870-7277.