KEY LARGO -- Fast, fresh food with a Florida Keys twist is the goal for a newly-opened café at Mile Marker 106, bayside.
Earl Beaver is stepping down as Mariners Hospital's food services manager to open Key Lime World Café.
"We have to keep it fast and fresh," he said. "We want to give people an alternative to Burger King."
Beaver's business partner, Paul Olivera, has a background in the coffee business. So Key Lime World Café features a coffee/smoothie station and offers seven different coffee selections, ranging from espresso to cappuccino.
In addition to coffee, strawberry, mocha, mango and pina colada smoothies are available. A small smoothie is $2.50, while a large is $4.
In addition to the drinks, the café offers a variety of wraps and sandwiches, including seared tuna steak, chicken parmesan and chicken fajitas. Prices for the entrees range from $5 to $7. Beaver also has paninis on the menu as well as hummus.
Breakfast will also be an all-day affair at the Key Lime World Café. The morning special will be a "coconut style" pancake combo. Eggs, oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches are also offered at any hour.
"We are mixing fruit and pancakes," Beaver added.
Daily specials are offered Monday through Friday and will change from week to week.
Meatloaf, salmon, pot roast and barbecue chicken will be among the weekly special offerings. Beaver will also prepare ribs and chicken on the weekends.
Olivera said the business is bringing in the best key lime pie the company could find.
"We want to be known for our key lime pie," Olivera said. "It will bring in the tourists, while our food will keep bringing the locals back."
He described the deep dish pie as more creamy and less tart.
The café offers free wifi and has many tables available for outside seating.
It is a bit unusual how Olivera, a Homestead resident, and Beaver, of Key Largo, became business partners. It was through Craig's List.
"It's been a match made in heaven," Olivera said.
The café, which is already serving customers, has a grand opening celebration planned for Sept. 13. Hours for the restaurant are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call 305-746-5513.