The Cuban Café Is Coming To Promenade Point Shopping Center!

A brand-new local eatery will soon bring the sights, sounds, and flavors of Cuba to the Madison/Huntsville area! Join us in welcoming The Cuban Café to the Promenade Point shopping center at 5510 Promenade Point Parkway.

Utilizing the culinary savvy of Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue and the entrepreneurial spirit of her husband Andy Ysalgue, The Cuban Café will be a vibrant spot where guests can experience authentic Cuban culture and cuisine.

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue: Co-owner & Operating Manager; Andy Ysalgue: Co-owner

“We are happy to announce that lovers of traditional Cuban dishes in the Madison/Huntsville area will soon have a great option to enjoy close by,” said Andy, co-owner of The Cuban Café. “There’s going to be something to satisfy every one of your senses, and we can’t wait to open our doors and deliver a memorable experience.”

The Cuban Café will serve guests six days a week and is tentatively scheduled to open in early August of this year. The hours will be:

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday – 11am-9pm

Bold, Fresh Flavors in Every Bite

What makes The Cuban Café unique? According to Jessi, operating manager and co-owner, it’s the years of training in the restaurant industry, authenticity, and soul that goes into every dish.

“This is the way I was taught to cook as a child, so I have been making these dishes all my life,” explained Jessi. “There’s something so special about Cuban food and the way it makes you feel. Cilantro, garlic, peppers—you can taste every ingredient and appreciate what it brings to the meal.”

For years, Jessi and Andy had the dream of opening a café that served the fresh and bold flavors they grew up with. And now, Jessi is inviting others to discover the delight of Cuban cuisine.

“We will, of course, have a traditional Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, sweet ham, pickles, and swiss,” assured Jessi. “It’s one of our favorites and we are thrilled to serve it alongside other types of sandwiches and many other menu items including ropa vieja, picadillo, and much more.”

Ropa vieja is Jessi’s favorite dish to eat when visiting family in Miami. She explained that the name of the dish translates to “old clothes” in Spanish, a term that describes the look of the meat once it’s prepared.

“It’s a beef stew that includes meat shredded like old clothes,” she laughed. “It has meat, veggies, red sauce, and spices. When it’s homemade, the flavor will almost smack you in the face. It’s delicious.”

There will also be plenty of desserts to choose from on The Cuban Café menu, like Jessi’s famous flan.

“It’s the best flan I’ve ever had in my life,” complimented Andy. “We beg her to make it for every family event—they are never complete without it. I know guests are going to love it.”

The future home of The Cuban Cafe!

 Enjoy the Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of Cuba

Homemade fare isn’t the only reason to visit The Cuban Café—there’s much more to experience. For instance, there will be a decorated patio where patrons can smoke cigars and sip a craft cocktail while listening to the smooth sounds of drums, guitars, bongos, and trumpets playing in the background. Latin music will play an important role in the overall atmosphere.

“We want The Cuban Café to be more than a place you drop by for a good meal, although it will be that,” clarified Andy. “Our patio will be one of the most comfortable spots in the café. We want people to be able to close their eyes and feel like they are in Cuba or Miami. We keep using the word ‘authentic’, but that’s really what we are going for. Sharing these parts of the Cuban culture is something that’s special to us.”

Andy also shared that live music may be at the café during special occasions and events.

“Grab a mojito or a Cuban sandwich and hang with us for awhile,” invited Jessi. “We are a place that everyone in the family can enjoy. And we are just around the corner for all of our Madison customers.”

In the End, It’s About the People

For Jessi, nothing excites her more than opening the doors and getting to know her guests.

“We’ve wanted to bring this café to life for years,” shared Jessi. “So we have put a lot of planning and hard work into making sure it’s exactly what we envisioned. You can find Cuban sandwiches in many places—and they are all delicious. But we wanted to share them with traditional ingredients, prepared in a way that stood the test of time in our own family. We love Madison and Huntsville, and we are eager to open so they can try our recipes.”

Jessi and Andy have been part of the Madison/Huntsville community for 10 years. After one visit, the couple immediately fell in love with the area and decided it was the perfect place to raise a family.

“The first time we visited ten years ago, we had 70-degree weather, a tornado, and snow flurries all within four days,” joked Andy. “We love the colors and the seasons here, but more than anything we love the people and the family atmosphere.”

The duo also mentioned the growth of the area and said they hope the new café will be a player in the continuing progress of the city.

“We wanted to create a place that brings the community together to enjoy great food and fun,” said Jessi. “Madison and Huntsville have some amazing restaurants—we eat at them frequently. We are honored to soon be a part of such a diverse, quality group of restaurateurs.”

“Our roots are in Miami, but we have made Madison our home,” said Jessi. “This is a way for us to invite our friends to experience something they may not have had the chance to experience before. Whether you’re coming to grab a bite, hang out at the bar, or relax on our patio, we want you to leave feeling refreshed, happy, and—of course—full of comforting Cuban cooking.”

To learn more about The Cuban Café and to get updates on its opening, be sure to like them on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; “There’s something so comforting about traditional Cuban cooking…” – Jessi Ysalgue

Have you tried Cuban food before? What’s your favorite dish? Let us know in the comments!

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Pet Supplies Plus Coming To Madison In April!

Residents in Madison will soon have a new pet supply store where they can stock up on brand name food, pet toys, necessities, and much more. Pet Supplies Plus, a pet store franchise headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, will open a location in Madison at 4577 Wall Triana Highway.

Ray Bellenfant and his wife Ronda will head the store’s opening as its co-owners with more than 20 years of local business experience under their belts.

“Pet Supplies Plus has the third-largest volume in the pet food retail industry,” stated Ray. “And they are very close to taking over number two. We are thrilled to give Madison even more access to quality food and supplies for their pets.”

The leadership team at Pet Supplies Plus in Madison.

Today, Pet Supplies Plus has 425 locations operating in 33 states, offering a large variety of products at a great value to ensure pets’ overall wellness. Additionally, experienced and knowledgeable team members are available on-site to answer a broad range of questions about dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and fish. Pet Supplies Plus currently has shops in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. However, this will be the first site to open in the Huntsville/Madison area.

“Our love for helping animals runs deep.”

“When we discovered the opportunity to run a franchise for Pet Supplies Plus, we knew it was a perfect fit,” said Ray. “We have been involved in franchises since 1995 and this one offered us a unique chance to be involved with a company that’s driven by an important cause—the wellbeing of animals.”

Experience alone isn’t the only thing that makes Ray and Ronda the ideal team to manage the store. The pair currently holds the record for most pets owned by anyone who has opened a Pet Supplies Plus location.

“At the time of the agreement, we had four horses, four donkeys, six dogs, five cats, and a fish,” laughed Ray. “We also foster for A New Leash On Life and make periodic donations to the organization. Helping animals is something we’ve always made a priority. Our family has always had a love for them.”

The new store will be another way that Ray and Ronda plan to give back to the community and the animals they care for.

“They are more than customers—they are our neighbors,” said Ray. Pet Supplies Plus neighbors, nationwide, come into the stores with their pets so frequently, they become like family. “We can’t wait to meet each and every owner and their beloved pets.”

“Our goal is to take the hassle out of shopping for your pet,” said Ray. “We plan on having several services that help the local animal community and the owners who love them.”

Soon after their official opening, the pet store will be able to host fundraisers by partnering with local school teams/clubs or churches to help them earn funds for different causes.

“Instead of a car wash, it’s a pet wash,” joked Ray. “We will provide the necessary supplies they need to make the fundraiser a success.”

A New Leash On Life will also host some adoption events at the store and periodic fundraisers will allow customers to come in, purchase any item and donate it to the animal shelter or charity of their choice.

“We’ll make sure the donated items are delivered to the right charity,” assured Ronda. “Anyone with a heart to give will be able to do so without any hassle involved. That’s what you do for your neighbor—you help them out. We just make the process a little easier.”

Pet Supplies Plus website.

“We offer quality products at a quality price.”

Pet Supplies Plus will carry brand-name products and match prices.“We strive to deliver quality customer service with a neighborhood feel,” said Ray. “You can be assured that you will purchase products for the lowest prices in the market. And we have plans to incorporate other services that will make life easier for our neighbors.”

“We strive to deliver quality customer service with a neighborhood feel,” said Ray. “You can be assured that you will purchase products for the lowest prices in the market. And we have plans to incorporate other services that will make life easier for our neighbors.”

In addition to pet grooming, the shop will have a VIP pick-up area with designated parking for customers on-the-go.

“Basically, you order online, park your car, and we deliver it to your vehicle,” explained Ray. “Veterinarians will also be coming to the store on certain days to a clinic we will have at the back of the store.”

An agreement with local, quality vets will allow the store to offer services like microchipping, vaccines, and more.

“Come see us in April!”

Be sure to drop by the new store in Madison when they have their soft opening this April. Ray and Ronda are ready to meet their new neighbors—and their pets too, of course.

“We hope you all come meet us soon and we will strive to give you the best customer care for your pets,” assured Ray. “They are an important part of the family, and we will help ensure they are taken care of. Great customer care and a neighborhood feel—that’s what we will provide.”

The Grand Opening is currently scheduled for May 11-13.

For more information on Pet Supplies Plus, please visit www.petsuppliesplus.com.

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New “Williamsburg Plaza” Development Coming To Madison!

Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Group is proud to announce that a new three-unit development is coming to the corner of Nance Road and Highway 72 near the city of Madison!

The 8,200 square foot “Williamsburg Plaza” is set to begin construction in early 2018 and already has two confirmed tenants—Bank Independent and Aspen Dental.

“We’re very happy to share the news about this location with our customers, neighbors, and friends in Madison County and beyond,” says Macke Mauldin, President of Bank Independent. “We’ve listened to our customers who travel Highway 72 to work or shop in the area and who have asked us to open a sales office here. Our 28th office will bring Bank Independent’s convenient and truly personalized customer service to the Madison community.”

Wesley Crunkleton and Zac Buckley handle the leasing of the project and say the state-of-the-art bank office will be the perfect anchor.

“Williamsburg Plaza will be a great addition to one of Madison’s busiest retail corridors,” said Wesley. “The site’s accessibility and strong visibility make it an ideal location for Bank Independent to serve its clientele with quality customer service. Aspen Dental will also be joining the development, and we look forward to releasing more information on the leasing of this project as it becomes available.”

Although the branch will feature Bank Independent’s signature Colonial Williamsburg exterior, the interior will offer customers modern technology and conveniences, including a tech bar for tablet banking, a deposit ATM, and cash recyclers for more efficient and faster transactions.

The branch will provide the bank’s full range of deposit and lending services with universal bankers, sales officers, and representatives from the business banking and mortgage teams.

Stay tuned as we release the information on the third and final tenant to join Williamsburg Plaza!

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Everything You Need To Know About Earth And Stone Wood Fired Pizza’s Madison Location

On March 17, Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza shared some wonderful news with its fans—“We signed the lease yesterday on our new location! Very excited to be opening in Madison. We are projected to open our doors by mid-May!”

That’s right, Madison! You are about to have delicious, farm-to-table pizza right in your backyard. While most of Huntsville is already a fan of the restaurant’s Yellowhammer location, Stan Stinson and Tina Ford—co-owners and founders of Earth and Stone—have committed to expanding the business to Medical Park Station in Madison.

The Location

Situated off of busy Highway 72, the new Earth and Stone location immediately caught the eyes of Stan and Tina.

“We have a really good following in Madison because we spent several years building our brand there. This new location was very serendipitous,” said Stan. “It’s a former pizza place, so we were able to get a restaurant going without all the expense of a start-up.”

Stan said that business partner Tina Ford will handle the day-to-day operation of the Madison location while he maintains the restaurant at Campus 805.

“Tina will bring a group of trained folks from our current location and we will grow from there,” said Stan. “We plan to flip-flop back and forth between locations so we can both be involved in maintaining the customer experience.” In addition to experience, the Madison location will have the same menu offerings that are available at Campus 805.

The Menu

“We want our Madison customers to enjoy everything that we have available at our Yellowhammer location,” said Stan. “So, our menu will be duplicated.”

The restaurant will also have 4-6 beers on draft and will serve a selection of craft beers, wine, and ice cream (including their adult ice cream flavors). As for the pizza, all of the fan favorites will be there.

But where did the team come up with the flavors and offerings that customers have come to know and love over the years? According to Stan, it all comes down to experimentation.

“The Latham—for example—has a really cool story behind it,” said Stan. “A few years ago, we were at Latham Farmers Market. Every year, the Methodist Church has a food drive where northern Alabama farmers donate sweet potatoes.”

On that particular day, the church had received a large shipment of donated sweet potatoes, and Stan was tasked with coming up with a clever way to use them. As a fan of starchy sweet potatoes cooked with caramelized onions, Stan knew he was up to the challenge of creating something delicious and unique.

Image courtesy of Earth and Stone

“At Latham’s, we were usually set up next to Humble Heart Farms: Goat Cheese,” said Stan. “We had the arrangement to trade our pizza for their goat cheese. Suddenly, it clicked. I could create a pizza with all of the ingredients together.”

And so, The Latham was born. Stan credits the success of the pizza inventions to quality ingredients and research.

The Earth and Stone Difference

When it comes to being a dedicated foodie, Stan goes the extra mile. From the moment Earth and Stone became a concept, the team started researching best practices for making dough and even gave away pizza to willing taste testers until they discovered the perfect recipe.

“Right after we bought our first wood fire oven, we spent two months perfecting our dough recipe,” said Stan. “After giving away nearly 1,000 pizzas, we think we have it just right. We believe Madison will see a difference in the quality we offer.”

All of Earth and Stone’s pizzas cook in two minutes flat and use flour from Italy that can withstand 900 degrees. This commitment to excellence creates a noticeable difference.

“You’ll see black spots on our dough that develop flavor; you’ll see browning and blistering,” said Stan. “We aren’t a pizza chain. We are in this to be a unique offering to the market.”

(Speaking of unique, Earth and Stone’s adult ice cream selection is growing in popularity. The restaurant’s house-made ice cream comes in flavors like Bourbon Butter Pecan and Tequila Sunrise!)

The Future

What started as one of Huntsville’s first food trucks has become a sensation that the Rocket City can’t seem to get enough of. So much so, that Earth and Stone has been approached about adding more locations outside of the Huntsville-Madison area. But for Stan and Tina, customer experience comes before anything else, which plays a huge factor in any future plans.

“We want our customers to have the same experience wherever they eat our product,” said Stan. “It’s our customers that allowed us to grow, and that’s why we will always stay heavily involved with the daily operations of Earth and Stone. It’s because of them we are successful. And we can’t wait to connect with our fans in Madison. We will see you soon!”

Be sure to follow Earth and Stone on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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