One local family, famously known for their tacos in Woodinville, is taking on a new venture in the neighboring city of Duvall.
La Pasadita Cakes and Cafe, a coffee shop featuring Guatemalan and Honduran desserts, officially reopened at a new location on Sunday, Oct. 10. The café, which opens from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., is located at 15904 NE Main St, Duvall.
The brightly colored shop operated by Xiomara and Gerwin Guerra, along with their daughter and oldest son, pays tribute to Guatemalan culture. One of the walls, painted yellow, displays handmade pieces created by Guatemalan artists.
The new shop serves coffee and alcoholic cocktails as well as various desserts featuring ice cream, candy and chocolates. Tres leches cake is also available, Xiomara said.
“We’re focusing on having these crazy, extravagant desserts and cakes,” said Xiomara’s daughter, Demi Oliva.
Oliva said the coffee is imported from UrbanUs Coffee, which is a local business supplying coffee beans from Honduras and Guatemala. She noted that her mom is from Guatemala, while her dad hails from Honduras.
The Guerras also run La Rivera Maya Food Truck in Woodinville, which opened in 2014. The truck travels to different locations, Olivia said, but the main spot is at 19145 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. Tacos, cornhusk tamales, torta cubana and taco salads, among other things, are available at the food truck.
“I know a lot of our customers from the food truck are wondering if we're going to have food from the food truck [at La Pasadita],” she said. “The food that we're going to have here is completely different from what we're going to have with the food truck.”
Sometime soon, Oliva said, she would like to offer cooking classes at the cafe. Both her and Xiomara know how to make chocolate from raw cacao, and would like to share those skills.
She said the cafe will be open seven days a week. Closing hours differ each day, although La Pasadita opens each morning at 7 a.m.
In 2020, La Pasadita briefly opened for less than a year in Woodinville. However, Olivia said, the lease expired and her family needed to find a new location.
“Then the pandemic happened, so that kind of messed everything up as well,” she said.
Prior to opening La Rivera Maya Food Truck, Xiomara said, she worked in various restaurants including The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Coho Cafe.
Everything changed when both Xiomara and Gerwin were detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Tacoma, Wash. The judge preceding over their case ruled that the couple could not work for a U.S. employer, Xiomara said.
Without the ability to work, Xiomara said, she realized she could use her restaurant knowledge to create her own business.
“My mom has always wanted to own a restaurant,” Oliva said. “The food truck was the easiest thing for her at the time.”
Even though La Pasadita is not a full restaurant yet, she said, the family plans to eventually convert it into a full kitchen. For now, it’s mostly desserts, snacks and some other food items.
“I just wanted to thank the community for helping us and supporting us a lot on those difficult days,” Oliva said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be here trying to open another business.”