Since Hanan Martha opened her café in the Cays it has become a popular place for Cays residents as well people who live in the village and nearby Imperial Beach. Martha first opened a coffee cart in the Cays near the Homeowners Association office. Once she realized the business model worked, she opened a Mediterranean style eatery. Last year, seeing an opportunity and a need for a market in the Cays, she expanded the space and started offering some grocery staples, fruits and vegetables and more recently specialty items from France and Italy.

In light of the pandemic, many residents have opted to shop and eat locally and Martha has been adding even more grocery items for her customers. Apart from the basics like milk and eggs, you’ll find shelves filled with soups in glass jars from France, Italian cookies, pastas and sauces as well as the Christmas panettone. In addition there are many choices of charcuterie and condiments. Running out of cold cuts? Head over to Calypso for mortadella, prosciutto and cheeses. Packaged risottos and pastas with condiments ready to cook are also a quick alternative for a tasty meal.

The market has a large variety of wines for sale from regions like California and Italy. Apart from regular groceries, Martha also sells much needed items during this pandemic like toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

If you don’t feel like cooking and want to support a local business order a take out dinner from the café. Order early and pick up your meal before 3 p.m. and all you have to do is reheat it at dinner time. Hanan offers many specials every night. One of her latest additions is Baked Chicken filled with saffron rice, meat and pine nuts, served with veggies and Taziki. Other well-loved dishes are Meat Lasagna, Lamb Shank, and Shrimp Scampi. Martha offers desserts to go with your dinner like Tiramisú, Mousse Cake, Cheesecake and Ricotta Cheesecake. A new tasty dish added to the menu recently is the Mahi Mahi Fish Taco plate. Three blackened fish filets are accompanied by a tangy sauce and fresh shredded cabbage.

The café has many choices for breakfast with dishes like three-egg omelets and breakfast plates like Huevos Rancheros. The lunch menu offers burgers, wraps, salads and sandwiches. Now that indoor and outdoor dining is not allowed you can still take advantage of eating the delicious dishes prepared at Calypso Café by ordering take out - and don’t forget to try some new food items by shopping at the market.

“We’re here for you. We appreciate your business…stop by and say hello, see what we have. We’d love to see you,” said Martha.

Calypso Café and Market, 507 Grand Caribe Causeway. Call 619-423-5144. Open everyday. Hours: Monday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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