New cafe in Las Colinas will be open dawn to dusk for neighborhood needs
A new cafe serving coffee, sandwiches, panini, tacos, salads, and soups is coming to Irving. Called Dawn to Dusk Cafe, it'll open in mid-April at 6561 Riverside Dr., near Royal Lane, in Las Colinas.
The cafe is from Vijay Babu, a former IT professional and entrepreneur who owns the shopping center where the café is located. He's created an entire village there. In 2014, he opened the iGrow Montessori School, then the iSwim Academy, and lastly, a Cold Stone Creamery.
Now he's adding a cafe in response to customer demand.
"The neighbors were asking for something like this," Babu says. "I could have brought in a chain or a concept from outside, but I wanted to make sure the strip remained family-friendly, and decided to open it myself."
Actually, it's a family affair: He created the concept with the help of his daughters Suvetha and Shruthi, one a master’s degree student and the other one a 10th grader.
They not only helped create the concept, they also helped with the design and menu.
True to the name, it'll be open 8 am-6 pm every day, with a menu that spans from coffee and breakfast to lunch and dinner.
Their menu will have five components:
- Beverages: Coffee (including Indian Kumbakonam coffee), smoothies, and fresh juices
- All-day breakfast: Omelets, avocado toasts, breakfast burritos
- Sandwiches and panini: This will be the star of the menu, as the area does not have a strong sandwich offering
- Soups and Salads: A vegetarian, and a non-vegetarian soup of the day, and five specialty salads
- Main course: Pastas, salmon dish, pouri (Indian deep-fried bread) and potatoes, parotta (layered flat bread)
The menu reflects the neighborhood's widely diverse demographics with a variety of cuisines, from Italian to Mexican to Asian.
It will also have a significant vegetarian presence. Babu is a vegetarian and is focused in providing good vegetarian options.
The space will include a wine bar, as well, once the license is approved.
Decor is clean, luminous, "premium," with a wooden backdrop, comfortable chairs, and a digital menu. They're also adding an outdoor seating area.
"My goal is to provide a feel-good space, a nice hangout spot with a diverse menu, so customers can always find something they like, regardless of their demographic," Babu says.