Café Flora, the Italian restaurant on Via Amore with accents of flowers and fountains, near Worth Avenue, celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Husband-and-wife restaurateur-owners Heinrich Lowenberg and Pamela Lomba-Lowenberg have run the restaurant since the beginning.
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Café Flora has been a full-service restaurant since 2012, following the city’s approval of the restaurant’s transition from a counter-order take-out outlet that debuted in 2011.
“It’s amazing how quickly time has passed,” Lomba-Lowenberg said Tuesday. “The other day our 12 year old son Franz was helping my husband with something and I looked at them and thought he was only 2 years old when we started as a (full service) restaurant .”
In its first year as a full-service restaurant, Café Flora won the Best New Business Award from the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Since then, the restaurant (known as Café Via Flora in its early years) has expanded from its original 50 seats, 36 of which are outdoors. Sixteen additional outdoor seats were added in 2016.
Although there are daily specials, regular items on the menu include Caesar salad with avocado, linguine with clams, chicken bolognese with zucchini noodles, grilled New York steak and pasta prawn and pesto trofie.
Dinner entrees start at around $27. Lunch entrees start at around $21.
“This season has been so busy that we are thinking of doing something to celebrate our 10th anniversary when next season starts,” Lomba-Lowenberg said. “We are so grateful to thrive and for all the support.”