BRODHEADSVILLE, Pa. – A female who turned her adore for cooking into a well known foodstuff truck organization claims she’ll before long open up a brick-and-mortar cafe that includes her most common dishes.
Margaret LaFiura reported she options to open up Sauce restaurant in a former Rita’s Italian Ice at 109 Marshal Lane, just off Route 209 across from the Tractor Offer retailer.
For the previous eight many years, LaFiura has operated LaFiura’s Rice About the Entire world food stuff truck, which presented a wide selection of rice bowls as well as burgers, tacos and empanadas.
It has been well known in Monroe County at road fairs, wineries, breweries and situations at Shawnee ski place and downtown Stroudsburg.
But “I believe we got a minor weary – my kid’s finding older, and we bought a little drained of breaking down and placing up,” Lafiura mentioned.
“And it is often been a aspiration of mine to have a cafe – I mean, just to be settled in a cafe and serving a group is my dream appear real. So we uncovered a wonderful spot, and we pushed forward.”
Immediately after about four months of organizing and operate, the stationary cafe previous week bought permits wanted to open up, LaFiura said. Most of the renovations are completed – plumbing operate stays, she stated – and “I’m hoping, by the grace of God, to be open in three weeks.”
Sauce will seat about 20 within, with supplemental tables with umbrellas outside.
It will function LaFiuri’s signature paella – flavored rice cooked with meats, seafood and greens – as effectively as other rice dishes and standard Italian fare.
And, as the identify signifies, sauces.
LaFiura reported she expects one of the signature dishes to be a “flight,” or assortment, of sauces – significantly as people today now purchase flights of beer or wine.
“Rice bowls appear to be to be incredibly well known,” she said. “I make them for holiday seasons, I give them out.
“But the sauces that go along with them, like the lemon garlic sauce, the pesto sauce and the chipotle sauces, persons really like to dip people today adore sauces. So I reported, ‘Let’s do a bunch of dipping food items that we can offer people to sit close to with their families, provide your own wine, convey your personal beer, sit down and be relaxed, order some dipping appetizers and a bunch of sauces.
“So I explained, ‘Let’s do a flight of sauce – why not?’ So we are setting up on supplying a flight of sauces with a bucket of hand-cut fries, onion rings with our arancini.”
The cafe also will serve Pizza Fritta (fried pizza), flatbreads, and lunch burgers, sandwiches and salads. And even breakfasts on weekends.
She said she identified the former Rita’s web-site “by opportunity – by passing by mainly because it is in our group, and I noticed a ‘for lease’ sign on it and it just felt proper to us and we took gain of it.” She will lease the website.
LaFiura is originally from New York, where she experienced a catering business known as Intimate Situations.
When the household moved to Pennsylvania, she said, they and a bunch of close friends commenced a meal club, with households each and every month doing “these genuinely large activities, themed.”
“And we chose Spain one yr,” she mentioned. “And we made a decision to make paella the quite conventional way. So we imported some pans from Spain – major, 3-foot-diameter kinds – and we had this amazing paella party on an open fireplace. It was just an amazing expertise.
“So we hung the pan up in the garage, and we hold passing it, and I’m, like, ‘There’s obtained to be some way I could capitalize on this pan.’ So I claimed, ‘Let’s give it a shot. Let’s go to a vineyard. Let us see if men and women genuinely want this stuff.’ ”
She reported patrons at the winery cherished the paella. “People were being lining up,” she stated. “So we obtained fired up and we commenced a foodstuff truck termed Rice All around the Environment.”
LaFiura explained she selected the identify Sauces since, “We make a good deal of sauces. I focus in my sauces. Men and women request me for my sauces all the time.
“I’ve been cooking for our church for the earlier 13 a long time. I prepare dinner for all the significant activities and I cook dinner for 50, 150 persons at a time. And I make sauces.
“I assume sometimes to make a very good food stuff great, from time to time it takes a good sauce. So I made the decision that I was likely to focus in all these sauces and, positive more than enough, persons like them. And so I claimed, ‘You know what? I’m going to title it Sauce.’”
Sauce is envisioned to be open up 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.