MADEIRA BEACH — Vicki Ferrari is from the West Coast, but she came to Florida to pursue her passion for cooking.
Her restaurant, Sweet Brewnette Cafe, had its grand opening recently at 13999 Gulf Blvd., offering breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea to beachside residents.
Many of the dishes incorporate fresh ingredients, such as arugula, avocado and basil pesto and run from about $4 and $9. A medium cup of coffee, roasted by Gainesville-based Sweetwater Organic Coffee, is about $2.
"I brought a lot of my California inspiration to the food," Ferrari said. "I try to put ingredients in my dishes that taste really fresh, like someone picked it out of a farm and put it in your food."
Ferrari, who worked 17 years as a police officer before coming to Florida, first brought her culinary inspiration to Lady Lake, near Ocala, in the form of a food truck, she said. But after visiting friends at the beach and noticing there weren't many options for coffee in the area, she decided to open the cafe.
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's closed on Monday.