Café Tola is a café specializing in coffee and empanadas built upon a literal labor of love. Run by Victoria Salamanca with the help of her husband, Gerardo, you can tell Café Tola is their baby; it combines the handmade, extremely delicious empanadas made by Victoria with the artistic pop culture influenced art and toys collected by Gerardo. The name comes from Victoria’s grandmother, whom she is named after. Tola is a play on Victoria’s nickname, Tolita, thus creating the perfect name for a spot that encompasses all of her loves and passions. The couple is currently working on Dona Tola, which is coming up soon in the Southport Corridor. Dona Tola will feature slow braised stews and other Latin comfort food that exude stomach hugging feels. Tune in to learn about Victoria’s and Gerardo’s adorable relationship, what influences the art and food behind Café Tola, and their secret aspirations to make “doggie” friendly empanadas. If you have a chance, check out Gerardo’s speak easy style toy store!
Inside Cafe Tola on California Ave
Mural outside Cafe Tola
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