Padre Life Cafe brings new refreshments to SPI

Padre Life Cafe owner Dinora Gonzalez with her daugh¬ter Julissa work as a team to bring their family business to blossom in the community. (Staff photo by Scarlet O’Rourke)

Staff Writer

One of the things South Padre Island is known for is the variety of businesses on its blocks, and when Padre Life Café opened on July 15, the Island got a bit more diversified.

Dinora Gonzalez has been a stay-at-home mother for her three children for years. As they grew, she kept snack-time healthy and creative. From these labors came the birth of her new café.

“I would make smoothies for my kids and my daugh­ter liked the one we now call the Padre Life Smooth­ie and that’s their favorite, and she just told me I should open up a business and start selling healthy products,” Gonzalez said. “We just started trying to eat healthy so that’s where it all start­ed.”

Some time later, she came to the Island during spring break with her family and, as they were exploring the boulevard, she realized that there were no raspa stands in the area. This was the fi­nal piece of inspiration she needed to open her busi­ness.

To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Aug. 15 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.


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