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Coffee shop is all about the locals

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By Kellie Parkin

Residents and visitors alike can now find a cup of joe, ice-cream cones, sandwiches and desserts at the new place in town, Kona Joe’s Island Café, located at sidewalk level on Dock Street.

The food is fresh, prepared on site, and in these economic times, down right affordable.

Recognizing that economic times are tough, Joe and Edie Zaprir decided to provide a needed service at reasonable prices. The prices are set purposefully low so that residents can afford the fair.

“We wanted to make it affordable and tasty. We wanted to set the whole thing up for locals so we can have year round business. I want to survive,” Edie explained.

Prior to opening the café the couple spent six months traveling and saw first hand how tight money was for people throughout the United States. Edie came up with the idea for a café where people can have a good time without having worry about the cost.

“People still want to go out to eat,“ Edie observed. “They want something fast, tasty and cheap. We want to give something affordable so that people can get a quick bite without leaving a hole in their pocket.”

Besides offering low prices, the café’s service is friendly and efficient. “We try to treat people the way we want to be treated - excellently,” Joe said.

Iced coffee, muffins and cookies grace the menu. Edie is especially proud of her “famous” egg breakfast sandwiches, “killer Philly Cheese Steak” and Cedar Key lime pie which features freshly squeezed lime juice bought from a local vendor.

The island themed café is well lit, spacious and clean from the front counters to the restrooms out back. The custom-made counter in front was built by John Langley of Rosewood who also made finishing touches throughout the café.

The café is also a welcoming place for anyone who wants to avoid climbing stairs. “We’re one of the only places that’s wheel chair accessible,” Joe said. The entire place is accessible, including the lobby, inside dining area, bathrooms and the deck. Even better, whether one is standing, walking or rolling, a tremendous view of the Gulf of Mexico is available.

But if you are planning to visit, be warned: “You may have to wait a few minutes. I make everything fresh, one at a time. I make everything fresh on the spot.” In the mean time, Edi and Joe invite people to recline on the deck, watch the water and enjoy the breeze.