Prepare yourself for a new spin on tropical cuisine. We aren’t talking about typical Latino street food either. Find yourself indulging in home-made empanadas, plaintains, and a cubano to die for.
The Cause Café has reincarnated itself from quiet breakfast café into a close-to-home paradise of delicious South American flavors. Owner Stacey Wohl, of Northport, is back at it again with farm to table cuisine, freshly baked goods, the best coffee in town, and a group of earnest team members anxiously awaiting your arrival.
Stacey opened the original Cause Café in 2016. Using her wholesale coffee business to promote the café, they began a breakfast nook journey which has grown into the more full-featured current concept.
One of the main focuses of Cause Café (aside from the delicious food) has been - and continues to be - to promote employment for young adults with autism and other special needs - providing a unique opportunity for them to build on their training and seek other paying jobs in the future.
Another exciting facet of this neighborhood culinary oasis is the variety of Long Island wines and microbrews they now offer. Cause Cafe has teamed up with east end wineries such as Bedell and Sparkling Pointe -- PLUS local breweries like Sand City and Greenport; and they offer a full wine list and wines by the glass and beer on tap, as well as bottled.
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Living Huntington recently stopped in to have a quick conversation with Cause Café owner Stacey Wohl. this was our conversation...
Congratulations on the successful reopening of Cause Cafe, Stacey! Can you tell our readers a little more about your new vision for the restaurant?
I would love to! We've reopened with a whole new concept. Cause Café has transformed into a farm to table restaurant with a tropical cuisine. We're open for lunch and dinner and the emphasis is on utilizing local ingredients. We've built relationships with local farmstands - and are putting their fresh produce to excellent use. You'll see New York State cheeses among our offerings. We're also featuring the products of local wineries and breweries. Our menu has a variety of light fare for lunch such as salads, tacos, empanadas and burritos. For dinner, be sure to try the Seafood Paella or the Craft Beer Battered Coconut Shrimp.
Can you talk a little about the opportunities Cause Café is creating for disabled adults in the community?
Absolutely! We have a passionate and dedicated team of young adults with a range of disabilities. These devoted team members are sharpening their life and social skills by baking, cleaning, and helping with customers. By starting to work for Cause Café, they are taking advantage of the opportunity to serve our local guests, build a resume, and have a solid reference in place empowering them to gain additional paid employment in the future. We're exceptionally proud of our incredible team, the positive efforts they put forth on a daily basis, and the smiles they bring to the faces of our guests!
Planning to eat out this week? Make it a point to visit Cause Cafe the next time you dine out. Not only is the cuisine delicious, but by becoming a patron you are giving back to an amazing group of hard-working hospitality enthusiasts who truly appreciate the support of their community to be able to continue doing what they love.
Drop by for happy hour Monday – Friday starting at 4:30pm. The Café is open for lunch and dinner daily and offers a brunch menu (in addition to the regular menu) on Saturdays and Sundays. They will feature daily menu specials as well as live music on occasion.
Where: Cause Café
Who: Owner, Stacey Wohl
Address: 1014 Fort Salonga Road, Northport, NY
Writing and photos by Rosanna Ruta