WILMINGTON — Previously-named Tama Tea has unveiled its expanded food menu and new name, Tama Cafe.
About 75 percent of the menu is brand new, with several vegetarian and vegan options, all for under $8.
“We have a ton of new food items,” said co-founder Rocco Quaranto III. After three months of brainstorming and planning, Tama Cafe debuted its updated name and menu Monday.
Regulars can expect to see the classics, including the mariner; avocado on multigrain toast and red pepper flakes, accompanied by additional wrap and sandwich options.
“Everything on the food menu is amazing. Not like, it’s good for being a tea shop, no, it’s just good,” Quaranto said.
The change was initiated by a casual observation.
“I saw three girls come in to order drinks and they had their to-go bags from a sandwich shop,” he said. “They wanted to enjoy our drinks and our environment but we didn’t have many food options for them and so hopefully this will change that.”
Tama Cafe will continue to offer its retail tea-related products, including over 40 kinds of loose leaf teas, tea gift bags and tea brewing items.
Quaranto loves to turn a non-tea person around.
“When they get drug in here with their husband or wife and what have you, it’s like a challenge,” he said. “Yes, we are tea leaning, but we didn’t want to scare away the non-tea people.”
Tama Cafe is located at 1127 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington.
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