Everyone is welcome at the Merritt Island Cafe with their dogs and children

Before we begin, let’s talk about the giant lemons in the room.

Debora Speer knows that the name of her new Merritt Island Cafe can be frowned upon. She was there for the sole purpose of leading a woman and expressing her distaste.

Speer knows Packing Mothers This may not appeal to everyone.

“I know it’s controversial,” she said. “But life is short and we are all having fun here.”

Learn the origin of the name and it makes sense. Scott, Speer’s husband, is planting an orchard of lemon and lime trees in his home on northern Merritt Island. He started calling his wrapper mom at home. They thought the name would be funny for the cafe.

Now back to business.

Opened about two months ago on the South Tropical Trail, just off the Merritt Island Causeway, Mother Packers is bright and eclectic with outdoor pet-friendly seating and a menu of fresh, simple breakfast items. and lunch. It is a beautiful place.

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Speer owned a cafe in Niagara Falls, NY. When she moved to Florida about six years ago, she vowed never to open another because it was too difficult.

She couldn’t resist. The space formerly occupied by Boli Mami Bakery is now available. There are many chain restaurants and eateries on Merritt Island. She wanted to bring something different to the community.

The menu includes smoothies, flatbreads, quesadillas, sandwiches and salads. Breakfast includes avocado toast, wraps, waffles, eggs, bacon, fruit, and yogurt.

Mom's avocado with avocado, caramel bacon, mixed greens, fried egg and balsamic vinegar at Mother Packers Cafe on Merritt Island.

Most of the dishes on the menu can be vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free.

Speer said he buys fresh ingredients from the cafe every day.

“I don’t have a can opener,” she said.

How would you like to eat with your favorite sidekick? The menu includes a section for children and a menu for puppies.

“I am very dog ​​friendly,” she said. “If I could get people to drop off the dog and bring food, I would go back and get the dog …”

When coffee is late, Speer can find him hanging out with his customers over a cold drink. She cooks everything and returns to the kitchen when an order arrives.

“Sometimes things are saved in the kitchen, so people have to be patient,” she said.

She takes pride in every dish she cooks, but wants people to see her wrapper mom as more than just a place to eat. She wants to build a community.

Mother Packers Cafe on Merritt Island.

She got help from local artist Jennifer Garo. He painted adorable plump and cheerful lemons with his lips on the walls of the building, and since then has added a lot of artistic touch to the patio and indoor dining area.

The patio has a lending library and a place to unload and pick up egg cartons.

Did you get the cuttings from the plants you want to share? Leave them.

Do you think someone can take you to the door of death and revive the hanging figs you throw away? Take that home.

“Next door there is a small art gallery where people can leave small art objects and take pictures,” she said.

Speer recently added a piano to the patio. Guests are encouraged to play with the “Judge the audience by playing” warning.

It hosts an outdoor market for handmade recycling items on the second Sunday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Speer has a great time getting to know his customers and growing his business.

She wants people to put humor in the name of the cafe, but to be honest, those who don’t are not really her target audience.

“I want you to come here and have fun,” she said. “We are us and people seem to like it. “

Mother’s coffee 125S on Merritt Island. Located on the tropical trail. Call 321-848-0062 or visit the following website The opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 8 am to 2 pm.

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Everyone is welcome at the Merritt Island Cafe with their dogs and children

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement