By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE BEACH -- Since opening in June, Sunnyside Café has been a delicious work in progress.
"We were offered (the chance to purchase the) restaurant, we didn't really have much time to think about it," said Nadja Santos, one of the four co-owners of Sunnyside Café in Melbourne Beach. "Everything happened really quickly."
At the former location of Friendly Toast on Ocean Avenue, Sunnyside Café doesn't defer from the tried and trusted formula of all-day breakfast and lunch favorites.
"Friendly Toast had been here for 10 years and was very successful," said co-owner Eduardo Defreitas. "But, it gets crazy (busy) here. There are not many breakfast places around that serve good food like we do."
Mr. Defreitas, Ms. Santos and co-owners Ardnas Santos and Andre Silva offer a variety of breakfast dishes, which are served all day, as well as a plethora of lunch favorites at Sunnyside Café.
For breakfast lovers, diners can choose from traditional breakfast dishes that are sure to please every lover of a good, old-fashioned breakfast, including pancakes, omelets and, the best-seller, bacon and oatmeal.
New breakfast specials at Sunnyside Café are offered every day, allowing diners to choose from dishes, such as a bambino omelet, an avocado bene and fruit crepes with fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas.
For lunch, Sunnyside Café offers diner favorites, such as burgers and the "Steak Bomb," which features Philly steak, onions, peppers, mushrooms, salami, cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
Other lunch items include a pizza burger, a barbecue chicken sandwich and jalapeno poppers.
For the future, Mr. Defreitas said the café will develop a website, possibly expand to further locations and maintain its commitment to excellent customer service.
"Everyone knows me," he said. "I see people at the bank and I always ask them when they are going to have breakfast with us."
Sunnyside Café is located at 300 Ocean Ave., Suite 11, in Melbourne Beach, and is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, (321) 733-5590.