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El Cafetal Receives Recognition during Orlando Mayor 2019 State of the City Address




Orlando, Fla. (June 24, 2019) – The newly opened Puerto Rican restaurant and bakery El Cafetal was recognized (today) by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer during his 2019 State of the City Address as one the small businesses, which successfully have stablished in Orlando due to the City’s initiatives aimed at strengthening and diversifying its economic ecosystem.

El Cafetal’s owners Melvin Méndez and Misely Raíces made their dream come true by bringing a piece of their Island to the Puerto Rican community that has made of Central Florida their new home. This weekend, the entrepreneurs celebrated the opening of their first establishment of El Cafetal Restaurant & Bakery in Orlando with a two-day community event, where hundreds of people arrived to taste the flavor the Puerto Rican traditional cuisine.

Likewise, the 118-seat restaurant located at 6125 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando just about 3 miles from the Orlando International Airport, carried out its ribbon cutting ceremony along with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz. During the ceremony, Mendez announced the creation of 25 new jobs and a 10 percent of discount for those students from the University Ana G. Mendez, Polytechnic University Orlando Campus and Mech Tech Institute, with their student identification, on everything the buy at El Cafetal.

Since 2009, El Cafetal Restaurant & Bakery has been offering the traditional seasoning, café cola’o (coffee) and “pan soba’o”, which for many years has distinguished it among Puerto Rican diners in the Island. This authentic Puerto Rican bakery provides to its customers a family ambience to enjoy an extensive traditional menu through which they will have the opportunity of tasting the heritage of the Island’s cuisine.

El Cafetal Restaurant & Bakery’s menu includes: daily baked fresh artisan bread, sandwiches, pastries, homemade meals, and its’ perfect cup of coffee. Furthermore, the bakery will have a retail area where clients can take home a variety of products to enjoy Puerto Rican gastronomy.

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