Caribe Soul Cafe is bringing ethnic cuisine and coffee, along with a family-oriented vibe to Sheffield Lake.
Yvette Ramirez has made her home in Lorain County.
“I come from a family of entrepreneurs,” said Ramirez, a native of New Jersey, but her family is from Puerto Rico.
She is a serial entrepreneur. Her latest endeavor is the coffee house located at 4116 Lake Road in Shoreway Plaza.
“This is completely new, but I have the experience,” Ramirez said.
She said she tries to buy equipment and products from women-owned or other local businesses.
“All of our coffee is imported,” Ramirez said.
She said the coffee beans are transported by her from Puerto Rico or through a distributor in Brazil.
The food served is entirely made in the back-of-house kitchen by Ramirez and her team, including their signature urban guava BBQ sauce.
The menu rotates daily, but always will include a rice dish, meat and a combination of other dishes.
“I want the restaurant to feel as if you’re at your family’s house for dinner,” Ramirez said. “You might not know exactly what’s cooking in the pot, but you’re anticipating it.”
She said her love for cooking stems from her abuelita Juana Torres.
“It’s a passion,” she said. “My grandmother always said the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach.”
Ramirez said she hopes to expand the building to include more indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.
She said she would like to cultivate unity between different generations.
“I want to build a garden and be able to teach youth how to be sustainable in growing their own food and giving some of that back to the community, especially the older community,” Ramirez said.