Having spent her childhood in Brazil, founder Ah La fondly remembers starting her days with warm and cheesy pão de queijo. Years later, after moving to the big Apple for college, she always yearned for her favorite snack – the delicious and scrumptious PDQ. But it was nowhere to be found. And thus an opportunity presented itself, and Café Patoro was born.
Café Patoro began at the Hester Street Fair, under a small tent operating only on the weekends during the summer months. From there, it grew to also be featured at the Bryant Park HBO Film Festival, Urban Space Garment District, and L.I.C. Flea. After receiving overwhelming feedback, it was time for Café Patoro to look for a place to call home and was fortunate to find the perfect location. In January 2016, Café Patoro finally went live with its first location in South Street Seaport.
Café Patoro is run and operated by husband and wife dynamic duo, Geno and Ah La. While both come from different backgrounds, they have only one goal in mind: to produce the most delicious pão de queijo and introduce it to the world.