When you think about dessert, what is the first thing that comes to mind? (Comment below) I love cold, sweet & chocolatey desserts. I’m talking about the good stuff, cheesecake, ice cream, tiramisu, I love them all. But ice cream is literally my guilty pleasure. There is always some sort of ice cream in my freezer, not like my boyfriend whom eats the whole carton of ice cream at a time. Luckily we tend to like different flavors so we don’t have to share! I like to always share everything with my loved ones, but in this case I won’t mind to keep to myself. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip served in some sort of cone. I’m not a ice cream in a cup kind of person.
My family, meaning my mama, Papa, & I, & also my boyfriend of 7 years, run Cafe Gelato in Pompano Beach, FL. We are walking distance from the beach which is primo location. The variety we have is not like any other mom & pop ice cream store. We may not make our product, but we for sure use good quality companies. Our ice creams are delivered directly from Blue Bell. Their ice cream has transformed for the better since their fiasco a couple years ago. Everything is delicious. The one thing I am trying to convince my Papa to buy is a soft serve ice cream machine! I usually get my way so I’ll just be patient & wait.
My mother has always live by the motto “Eat dessert first.” She is so ecstatic to finally own a cafe! You can tell by her excitement in. Is phot! Her role at Cafe Gelato was to taste test everything before we made final decisions on what exactly to buy. She created a table and a rating system as she ate the product, she would jot down her notes. Very organized & sport way to remember whatever everything tastes like. How would you remember all those desserts!? It takes a lot of team work to open up a business. I should know! I’m a co-owner of 5 Girls Burgers, right next door to Cafe Gelato! Yes, you heard me right. We own 2 business right next door to each other. This is one of the best business propositions that fell into our lap. Before Cafe Gelato, there was a family who had a store full of just Italian ice. No ice cream, no bottled water, JUST Italian Ice. My Papa & I found thought very strange to limit yourself to just one type of product. That’s probably why her business was. It successful. Eight months later & she was out of business. My family & I stepped in and turned the store 360 degrees.
Having our restaurant right next door has a lot of advantages. 1. The customers whom already dine with us will most likely walk into Cafe Gelato. 2. It’s easier to promote , as we give coupons to everyone dining inside. I’m so proud of what my papa has worked so hard on his entire life. Owning restaurant businesses for 35 years, he has been very successful & I have learned so much from him. I’ve been working with my dad since I was at the age of 13, but not on full blast until I was about 16. Restaurant business is where I grew up & all that I really know how to do. I may not know how to cook, but I sure as hell know how to run a restaurant. Food is a big part of my family & it really brings us together, as do a lot of families. The moral of the story is, I love ice cream & I love my family.