Brazilian Food Is Coming to Downtown Phoenixville. Here’s What You Need to Know
You may have seen the building at 117 Main Street evolve into a revitalized cafe. For the past couple of years, passersby noticed an internal renovation, a fresh storefront design, and now a sign reading “Café Com Leite.” It’s been a long time coming for the owners of Phoenixville’s newest food establishment, and they’re excited to start serving the community with their delicious Brazilian food.
Helena Guimaraes and her husband Michel overcame several setbacks in their 3-year journey of opening Café Com Leite. It started in 2020 with the pandemic, which was declared shortly after signing their lease. Small business owners across the world struggled with the challenges of navigating the pandemic.
In 2021, the family was involved in a near-fatal accident–sidelining the project until they made a full recovery. Once they recovered, a complete renovation was done to the inside of the location. Just like many renovation projects, challenges were met with patience and hard work.
Despite the obstacles, Helena and Michel Guimaraes are ready to turn their dream into a reality with the opening of Café Com Leite.
Here’s a video from Instagram explaining their story:
Café Com Leite
Helena is from Colombia, and her husband is from Brazil. After moving to Phoenixville 10 years ago, they started a family. Their daughters are born and raised in Phoenixville. As members of the community, they were able to see the revitalization and transformation of the town.
With the transformation and already existing Latino and Brazilian community, they decided to follow their dream of opening a restaurant featuring Brazilian food.
Here’s what Helena told bizcolumnist.com about Café Com Leite:
“It’s not only a coffee shop but a bakery with a health twist, catering to all pallets and dietary needs. Serving Breakfast, lunch, and of course the popular cafézinho da Tarde–or an afternoon coffee. Our cafe will serve premium brewed coffee, fresh baked bread and pastries, lunch sandwiches, Brazilian style burger with “Picanha” and our favorite Salgadinhos (all-day snacks that are fried or baked in different shapes and flavors). Pao de queijo and Tapioca are both made from a gluten-free cassava starch that is rich in fibers and known for its dietary benefits. And our “queridinho” or beloved Acai aside from being delicious is considered Brazil’s superfruit.”Helena Guimaraes – Owner, Café Com Leite
The owners are hiring! You can find openings on the Instagram page. As for an official date, it’s soon to be announced. Helena and her husband are grateful for the community’s patience.
“With a lot of hard work, patience, dedication, and perseverance we are so happy to be opening our doors within the next few weeks. The Phoenixville community has been incredibly supportive and patient and for that, we are eternally grateful!”Helena Guimaraes – Owner, Café Com Leite
117 Main Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460