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Do-gooder sub shop brings award-winning grinders to Dallas' Sylvan Thirty

Do-gooder sub shop brings award-winning grinders to Sylvan Thirty

Shayna's Place
New England-style grinders are headed for Dallas. Photo courtesy of Shayna's

A family-owned and -operated cafe from Rhode Island with award-winning grinders is headed for Dallas. Called Shayna's Place, it's a Rhole Island sandwich and coffee shop that has signed a lease to open its first Texas location at Sylvan | Thirty.

Shayna’s Place will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, including sandwiches, salads, smoothies, pastries, and juices, as well as a local selection of coffee, soda, wine, and beer. According to a release, it is expected to open next to CiboDivino Marketplace in late summer.

Shayna's is unique in that it provides employment opportunities for people with special needs. Owner Lou Olerio, a Dallas resident, was inspired by his cousin Shayna who has Down Syndrome. The original was opened by Shayna's parents, Matthew and Marjorie Olerio, in 2015.

The Dallas location is anticipated to open next to CiboDivino Marketplace in late summer.

"From the moment I decided to expand the family business, I was set on making Sylvan | Thirty its home because of the development's family feel," Olerio says in a release. "The area's residents appreciate the vibe of a unique family business versus walking into another chain restaurant even if it’s just for a quick bite to eat."

Designed by Marc Hooper, Shayna's Place will serve as a cozy and intimate place for customers to dine either inside or outside on the spacious patio.

In 2017, USA Today named their sandwich "Vinny’s Kitchen" — a classic Italian sandwich named after Shayna’s grandma Vinny — the "Best Grinder in Rhode Island."