By Janet Stoica
After three years in the making, the B. Kind Café officially opened for business June 3 on Webster’s Davis Street in the spot formerly occupied by Mama Dolce’s.
Owner Ericka Labonte has created a breakfast and lunch restaurant that features all things organic.
“My family and I began saving our funds three years ago,” says Ericka. “This has been a dream for all of us.” After reaching their goal they searched for a site and decided the Davis Street location was the place for them.
The space was empty except for some counters, so they went to work finding display cases, dining furniture, and additional restaurant equipment that was necessary to provide a sanitary and proper environment.”
The new furnishings include comfortable tables and chairs, a large screen TV that was broadcasting the French Open Tennis Tournament the day I visited, and even a small upright piano tucked into the front corner. It’s very inviting along with the café’s Wi-Fi service.
In 2017, at the time Ericka was ready to start her new café venture, she had decided to take a little vacation in Florida. While there, she had an accident, which tore her knee’s ACL. “It seemed like forever to get back on my feet,” she said. “They had to reconstruct everything.”
When she did get back on her feet, she got right back into the swing of things and resumed planning her dream café.
Ericka and her husband, Ronnie, are no strangers to the food industry. Ericka worked for Domino’s Pizza in the greater Worcester area for over five years as area general manager. Whenever a new store was due to open, she was the first one there, working out the kinks and making everything run smoothly.
A native of Brazil, she immigrated to the U.S. 20 years ago looking for greater opportunity. After learning English, she began studying hospitality management in college, working towards her degree while holding down three jobs: delivering pizza for Domino’s, working at Dunkin’ Donuts, and washing dishes at Maxwell Silverman’s Restaurant in Worcester.
Husband Ronnie was the head chef at the former Chuck’s Steakhouse in Putnam, Conn., for many years until it closed in 1997. He’s now the night crew chief at Stop ‘n Shop and also assists at the B. Kind Café. Most of Ericka’s family members work at the Café as well.
“B. Kind is based on healthy, healthy, healthy,” says Ericka. “There’s a definite need in Webster for a place like ours. Just about everything we offer is organic, from our salad bar to our eggs and bread products.
“Our coffee beans are roasted by Sturbridge Coffee Roasters and include regular and decaf, house blend, Nicaraguan, Brazilian, and Mexican.”
The smoothies are made with fresh, organic fruit and milks, including almond milk.
Their menu consists of the standard breakfast and lunch offerings, including fresh soups daily and B. Kind’s version of a breakfast bowl offered with either sweet or regular potatoes, eggs, bacon, and onions.
Gluten-free cheesy bread is on the menu too and can be stuffed, upon request, with either sweet or savory fillings such as pepperoni, bacon, and spiced chicken, as well as chocolate, Nutella, and guava fruit.
Desserts are pies and fresh fruits along with homemade Brazilian macaroons. It’s worth a trip to check out their menu, which is still being refined.
Oh, and the name of their café, B. Kind, originated from the saying Be Kind. The menu header encourages people to: Be Kind, Be Joyful, Be Humble, Be Thankful.
B. Kind Café, is at 8 Davis Street, Webster. Hours: Mon-Sat 6 a.m. – 3 p.m., closed Sundays. www.bkindcafe.com Phone: 508-461-7662. Find them on Facebook: b.kind café.
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