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June 20, 2019
A new family-owned cafe will be coming to downtown Sioux Falls with an emphasis on connecting to the community.
La Luna Cafe in The Cascade, the new mixed-use project on North Phillips Avenue, will be owned by Salvador and Edith Jaimes and co-managed by their son and daughter. The couple owned several restaurants in their native El Salvador. They now are pastors at Restoration in Christ Church.
“We were going back and forth with different ideas and talking through it with friends,” their daughter Tatiana Jaimes said. “When we came up with La Luna, everything was positive, and and we started feeling support from our friends and family, and we decided this is it. This is what Sioux Falls needs.”
The cafe will be open at breakfast through early evening, although operations are still being finalized, she said.
The menu will include “gigantic snacks” as opposed to full meals, she said. There will be several varieties of toast, from an avocado toast with tomato and mozzarella to savory options that are more like open-faced sandwiches to sweet ones including Nutella, bananas and strawberries.
There also will be smaller salads including quinoa, kale and other vegetables, and small plates with chicken and salmon.
Their heritage will inspire some of the dishes, including a tres leches cake, “which is a spongy, sweet, delicious vanilla cake soaked in condensed milk, sweetened milk and whipped milk, and topped with a light and fluffy whipped topping,” Jaimes said. “And we’ll also have the impossible chocolate flan, which has chocolate cake on the bottom and is dressed with caramelized nuts and chocolate.”
La Luna Cafe plans to display local art and feature occasional live music and open mic nights, she added.
“Where people can just express themselves, speak their poetry or showcase their forms of art.”
They looked at several locations before settling on a 1,852-square-foot space on the first floor of The Cascade, which also includes Severance Brewing Co. and The Root Cellar convenience store.
“I personally love downtown. I’m there quite often, and we’ll be able to feed off downtown because of the energy they provide. We’re trying to provide the same artsy energy,” Jaimes said. “We’re looking at some funky, fun furniture. We want to transport people to this different atmosphere where they can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and whoever they come with and enjoy a new experience.”
One-quarter of the proceeds will benefit their church, and the plan is to open this fall.
“They have some really cool ideas,” said Alexis Konstant of Lloyd Cos., who leased the space.
“They’re going to cater to the residents there, and by displaying local art, we really think they will contribute to the downtown feel and the overall community. They want it to be a place where the business community can have a meeting or students can come study. You name it, they want to be a go-to place.”
“We decided this is it. This is what Sioux Falls needs.” We have details on a delicious-sounding new cafe coming to downtown Sioux Falls.