Make us your home page
Instagram
Everybody's Business

Bigger space, more offerings at Tu Sabor Bakery and Café

TOWN 'N COUNTRY — It's a recent Monday at lunchtime and a hungry crowd files into Tu Sabor Bakery and Café.

Phones ring and to-go orders are received in Spanish, while customers plop down at tables and order up savory Cuban sandwiches with hot and creamy café con leches.

This is just the vision restaurant manager Antonio Mejia pictured when the restaurant moved to its new location just three months ago.

"We decided to move for a bigger restaurant," Mejia said. "Here, we have a real restaurant, a full kitchen."

For the past three years, Tu Sabor had occupied a small storefront on Memorial Highway in Town 'N Country serving up Cuban flavors to construction workers and nearby residents.

Now, Tu Sabor is in a location a few blocks down at 5915 Memorial Highway. And with the move, the restaurant has extended its hours and began serving dinner.

Pollo fricase, chicken and potatoes cooked with sofrito, and pernil, slow-roasted pork with onions and cilantro, are among the finds on the dinner menu. Menu items range from about $2 for Cuban toast with cheese to about $8 for a dinner of ropa vieja.

Each table in the new location is covered in a white tablecloth. Large windows allow plenty of sunshine into the spacious restaurant and Latin jazz sets just the right tone for those looking for an authentic Cuban experience, even if it is just for a lunch break.

In addition to the regular Cuban fare, there are freshly baked pastries, including light, fluffy confections stuffed with guava and queso.

Adding to its Cuban authenticity are Cuban beverages like Iron Beer and Jupina.

"It's a lot more ambience," said Mejia, adding that the restaurant would soon feature an open house and karaoke.

Because the new location is so close to its old one, many of Tu Sabor's regular customers have remained. And others are discovering the location.

"We've had very good business," Mejia said. "We are happy that so many are enjoying it."

Tu Sabor Bakery and Café is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; tusaborcafe.com.

• • •

In other Town 'N Country restaurant news, diners will soon have another option for Latin cuisine.

The former Denny's Restaurant that closed last year at 6708 Memorial Highway has been purchased and is being renovated as a Latin cuisine restaurant.

The new restaurant, called the Pacific Coast, will specialize in fresh seafood, according to a news release issued by CBRE's Retail Brokerage Group, the company that organized the sale of the property.

The 4,200-square-foot freestanding building is at the intersection of Hillsborough Avenue and Memorial Highway. There's no set opening date.

Bigger space, more offerings at Tu Sabor Bakery and Café 02/25/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Terrier Tri brings unique triathlon training to South Tampa

    Business

    Over a decade ago, Robert Pennino traded late nights in the music studio for early mornings in the Terrier Tri cycle studio.

    Terrier Tri, a cycling studio in South Tampa celebrates a grand opening on June 27. Photo courtesy of Tess Hipp.
  2. New bistro hopes to serve as 'adult Chuck E. Cheese'

    Business

    YBOR CITY — Inside Cheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy, a new restaurant opening in Ybor City, customers will find a mix of family recipes, games and secrecy.

    Cheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy readies to open in Ybor City. Photo courtesy of Cheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy.
  3. Ramadan having an economic impact on local charities, businesses

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — Dodging the rain, a few families and customers gathered inside Petra Restaurant on Busch Boulevard. Around 8:30 p.m., the adham (or call to prayer) music begins, signaling Iftar, the end of the daily fast. Customers grabbed a plate to dig into the feast.

    Baha Abdullah, 35, the owner of the Sultan Market makes kataif, a common dessert that is eaten during the month long celebration of Ramadan in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. Senate GOP leaders face tough job in selling health-care bill to their members

    Health

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders on Thursday moved swiftly to begin selling their health-care measure to substantially rewrite the Affordable Care Act to their wary members as they seek to garner enough support to pass the bill in an expected vote next week.

    U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill's chief author, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has said "Obamacare is collapsing around us, and the American people are desperately searching for relief." [AP]
  5. Rick Scott eyes Patronis as CFO, but it may not help him in Panhandle

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's expected pick of Jimmy Patronis as the state's next Chief Financial Officer would be a solid addition to the Republican Party ticket but may not do much to smooth some rough waters developing in the Panhandle over schools, area Republicans said this week.

    Former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, left, is being considered by Gov. Rick Scott for the state's chief financial officer. Patronis, seen with Scott in 2011, is considered one of the governor's chief loyalists.