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Tres Leches Bakery Cafe Opens in Riverside

Established in February 2011, Tres Leches is based on the belief that there is nothing more important in life than loved ones and there is not a better way to show them care & love than through meals. According to their website, a warm & cozy meal say more than words can describe and special sweet treats can bring the best out of people. Today, Eddie and Irene Sweda brings their treats to Riverside's Stockton Street with the opening of Tres Leches Bakery Cafe.

Published October 1, 2012 in Development      15 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

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The decision to relocate their business to Riverside was a swift one.  Known for their cakes and desserts, the bakery opened its doors at 1839 North Pearl Street in Springfield in February 2011.  While foot traffic and visibility was minimal on Pearl Street, the bakery's popularity increased once it became a fixture on Saturdays at the Riverside Arts Market.  As a result, according to owner Eddie Sweda, a significant portion of their business was being generated by Riverside residents.

The opportunity to relocate to Stockton Street came as a result of Bakery Moderne closing their retail operation at 869 Stockton Street at the end of July.  While on Facebook, Sweda came across this news and was the first to inquire about taking over the bakery's recently deserted storefront. In a matter of weeks, with the help of local investors, the possibility of a higher profile location became a reality.











While Tres Leches opens their doors today, their official grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2012.  Intending to become an anchor to the Stockton Street strip, the restaurant will be open 9am - 9pm Monday thru Thursday and 9am - 10pm Friday and Saturday. The Swedas hope their business can help stimulate synergy with adjacent businesses in establishing Stockton Street as a day and night time destination. To contribute in that effort, Tres Leches Bakery Cafe will include outdoor seating and an inviting night time lighting scheme.






Tres Leches Bakery Cafe, now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is located at 869 Stockton Street, next to The John Gorrie Condominiums, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters and 13 Gypsies.  For more information, visit: www.treslechesdesserts.com

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15 Comments

Adam W

October 01, 2012, 05:56:49 AM
"Tres Leches is based on the belief that there is nothing more important in life than loved ones and there is not a better way to show them care & love than through meals."

Maybe that's why that's why childhood obesity and type II diabetes is a growing problem these days   ;)

All joking aside, it looks very promising. I am happy to see that the location didn't stay empty long and a bakery/cafe moving in is excellent for the neighborhood. I will definitely check it out when I'm in town next. It looks nice inside, too. Tastefully decorated and not overdone.

Glad to see that strip is still doing well!

ben says

October 01, 2012, 06:54:28 AM
Can't wait to try it. Always wanted to get to it's old location in Springfield...by the time I tried, I found out they were moving 2 blocks away from me. Look forward to it.

Dapperdan

October 01, 2012, 08:06:23 AM
Sounds like a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

ChriswUfGator

October 01, 2012, 08:16:23 AM
It's a nightclub in disguise...

Dog Walker

October 01, 2012, 10:48:04 AM
It's a nightclub in disguise...

LOL!  With room for all of six dancers inside!

PeeJayEss

October 01, 2012, 02:28:56 PM
Good luck to them! Can't wait to try it out.

simms3

October 01, 2012, 05:48:33 PM
Man if they can survive that long in Springfield they'll probably kill it on that strip in Riverside!  (Not a knock on Springfield, just a commentary on reality, and the fact that they must be "that good" to survive in their previous home for so long!)

Seriously though, that block is a microcosm of how a Jacksonville with a real sense of place could be and is allowing local businesses to establish long term success.  Whatever is making that block work needs to be replicated everywhere, especially downtown.

ben says

October 01, 2012, 06:16:49 PM
Man if they can survive that long in Springfield they'll probably kill it on that strip in Riverside!  (Not a knock on Springfield, just a commentary on reality, and the fact that they must be "that good" to survive in their previous home for so long!)

Seriously though, that block is a microcosm of how a Jacksonville with a real sense of place could be and is allowing local businesses to establish long term success.  Whatever is making that block work needs to be replicated everywhere, especially downtown.

Amen to that

thelakelander

October 01, 2012, 08:02:52 PM
Stopped by tonight.  Eddie, the owner, told me they have been busy all day.

Ocklawaha

October 02, 2012, 11:21:41 PM
...And this entire business section was brought to you by the Jacksonville Traction Company (streetcars). The mobility plan MUST BE ALLOWED TO DO ITS JOB IF WE EVER WANT TO SEE MUCH MORE LARGE SCALE ORGANIC DEVELOPMENT LIKE THIS AGAIN. SUNSET NOW!

Ocklawaha

October 02, 2012, 11:25:51 PM
Amen to that

Why Ben, how perfectly Christian of you! “Amen” is a Hebrew word that stems from the word aman, which means “to be faithful, support, or confirm.” The word “amen” actually means, “so be it,” or “truly.” LOL!  ;)

simms3

November 28, 2012, 10:21:16 PM
Went to Tres Leches this past weekend.

Had the Tres Leches, Key Lime Meringue, and the Marchesa.  Each was unbelievable and the Marchesa looks like it takes forever to make (many many layers finely woven together).

Owners were very nice (Venezuelan family).  Their comments to me were that there was no foot traffic in Springfield and because they were active at RAM, most of their customers were based in Riverside to begin with.  They tell me that their volume is exponentially more than before.

Bill Hoff

November 28, 2012, 11:51:23 PM
It's too bad they couldn't find a suitable space on Main Street or 8th Street. That hole-in-the-wall on Pearl Street just doesn't have the eyeballs. I know they looked hard for something that would fit.

I knew they would do well at Stockton & Myra, it's a great location! (Very nice people too!)

ben says

November 29, 2012, 08:11:36 AM
Their comments to me were that there was no foot traffic in Springfield and because they were active at RAM, most of their customers were based in Riverside to begin with.  They tell me that their volume is exponentially more than before.

They said the same thing to me. They also added: not only is their volume higher, but so is their overhead. I wonder how long they'll last. Personally, I like them. But, I've heard from one too many people that the prices are too high.

TPC

November 29, 2012, 08:24:13 AM
I ate there last week and the food was great. I had a half a sandwich (which was huge) and salad and it was around $9 which seemed fair to me.

I'll probably stop by for breakfast this weekend since their breakfast items looked really good.
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