LOWRY PARK CENTRAL — Guava and Gouda are staple ingredients on the menu of a new restaurant and bar that opened one month ago: Above the Salt Cafe.
Founded by a mother-daughter duo of Tampa natives, Sonia and Christina Piasecki, the cafe serves breakfast and lunch Mondays through Wednesdays and all three meals Thursdays through Saturdays, re-opening at 6 p.m. for dinner.
"I love to cook and feed people," Sonia said. "If it makes them happy, it makes me happy. For years I've wanted to open a cafe but I've done everything but."
Inspired by her Cuban descent, Sonia created a menu that incorporates two things Cubans are famous for: gouda and guava, which can be found in almost every dish.
"The most popular breakfast item so far has been my french toast. For lunch, it's the Tampa lunch which includes Spanish bean soup and half of a Cuban sandwich. The bam bam patty melt has been very popular and the grilled cheese with guava and caramelized onions," Sonia said.
With her daughter behind the bar and Sonia in the kitchen, the duo is seeing their dream business come to fruition.
"We wanted to create a local hangout where you can come and chill, have a drink or some coffee. We have free wifi if guests just want to sit with their laptops," Sonia said.
Plants hang on the teal walls and a stage is set up for local musicians who perform on the weekends. Morgan, a singer with an Amy Winehouse style, will take the stage Saturday.
The cafe serves beer and wine only and nothing on the menu exceeds $7, even during dinner.
"People from Seminole Heights are coming over here and saying they're glad they have something cozy and less expensive," Sonia said.
Above the Salt Cafe is located at 428 W Waters Ave.
For more information call, (813) 304-1860 or visit, facebook.com/AboveTheSalt.
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