2018-04-16 / Arts & Entertainment

International breakfast all day at Sunshine Café

By D.K. Christi


Sathit Boonyavairoj (right), owner, Keatwarin Ouraruk (left), manager, with customers, staff and family at Sunshine Café, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Sathit Boonyavairoj (right), owner, Keatwarin Ouraruk (left), manager, with customers, staff and family at Sunshine Café, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Food is often a window to a culture, and Sunshine Café offers the diner a wide view of the world with international fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Having opened in December, this new dining journey was a well-kept secret while the signage was being changed. In the past month, Sunshine Café in the Prado at Spring Creek has been discovered.

The owner, Sathit Boonyavairoj (Todd) owns four Sushi Thai res­taurants in Southwest Florida. According to Sunshine Café’s manager, Keatwarin Ouraruk, he wanted something new, a bagel and breakfast experience of international cuisine with an exotic flair. Breakfast isn’t new for him as he owned a breakfast restaurant on the east coast of Florida 15 years ago.

“Planning for the new restaurant with Todd has been a great experience,” said Ouraruk, a native of Thailand who has worked with Boonyavairoj for years with Sushi Thai. She recently was promoted to restaurant manager. “I look forward to Sunshine Café growing in popular­ity every day,” she said.

With a new concept, small adjustments along the way are part of the excitement. The colorful menu has developed to include photographs of many plated choices. Since menu items include specialties that originate in Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and China – as well as extensive American choices from pancakes to grilled cheese – pictures help a new customer. Diners are invited to also create their own breakfast skillets or order Italian and veggie selections.

The restaurant concept is that what’s good at breakfast and lunch may be good all day. The prices remain the same. Most items are less than $10 with a few exotic choices such as duck slightly higher.

“We also make our own bagels fresh every day,” said Ouraruk. The fresh bagels are in a display case at the entrance for customers who wish to take some home or simply stop in for takeout. “Favorites are the everything and cinnamon raisin bagels or the nova platter and lox spread cream cheese,” said Ouraruk. Just like the entrée choices, the bagel list is extensive. Bagels may be purchased by the dozen.

The dining atmosphere may be familiar; the space previously held a Sushi Thai restaurant, now at a location nearby. The former interior design also works well for Sunshine Café. The bar includes seating and the restaurant also serves wine, beer and sake. Large group seating is avail­able and special events are welcome. The restaurant seats 90, all indoors.

Located at 25301 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, the full menu is also for carry out. Sunshine Café is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 239-221-3799.

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