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January 23, 2023

Mi Cultura II cafe proposed in Enfield

Contributed 37-45 Pearl St., Enfield.

Owners of a historic Thompsonvillle mixed-use building are looking to open a new cafe offering authentic Puerto Rican food in Enfield with a focus on takeout.

The proposed Mi Cultura II at 37-39 Pearl St., would be a “unique cafe,” and the only Puerto Rican cafe in Enfield, the application said.

The original Mi Cultura cafe in Springfield, Mass., has been successful with many customers from all over Western Mass., and Northern Connecticut, the application said.

Restaurant owners found an opportunity to expand in Enfield post-COVID and due to the high customer demand, the applicant said.

Building owners Eugene and Daiysol Stovall of E&D Stovall LLC would lease the 37-39 Pearl St., space to Mi Cultura restaurant, which totals 1,200 square feet, 500 of which is for indoor seating.

The space is currently vacant, having previously been occupied by Glady’s Alterations and Diana’s Bakery.

There will be no changes to the exterior of the building or the parking, most of which will be off-site.

The interior will be modified to fit the needs of the cafe, with up to 25 seats for patrons.

Hours of operation would be Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

The cafe would have four full-time employees, and two part-time employees plus a dishwasher.

The 1915 mixed-use brick building is located approximately 100 feet from the intersection of Central and Pearl streets. 

The property contains a front 5,700-square-foot, two-story brick building with a mix of retail space, offices and apartments. A rear structure is a 1,176-square-foot, two-story house.

The application will go to the Planning and Zoning Commission at its next meeting Jan. 26.

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