A new breakfast spot opening in Tallahassee is out to prove that the first meal of the day isn’t just the most important – it’s the best.
Keke’s Breakfast Café, a popular Orlando chain, is expanding to a new location with a development in the Varsity Plaza Center on West Tennessee Street.
Serving scratch-made breakfast and lunch, Keke’s prepares meals using fresh ingredients, including produce that is delivered daily.
The restaurant's menu contains a variety of waffles as well as sandwiches, burgers, salads, and more. Its slogan is: “It’s like your hometown diner grew up and went to the city.”
Commercial real estate advisor with NAI TALCOR, Debbie Ashlin, said the open date has been pushed back but the café will open soon.
“Keke’s is expected to open January 2019,” said Ashlin.
Keke’s is looking to penetrate the breakfast market. According to Keke’s corporate office, “Keke’s Breakfast Cafe is excited about the expansion into Tallahassee.” It will be its first eatery in the Panhandle.
Several FAMU students said they are excited for the restaurant to open.
Jessica Floyd, a graduating psychology major at Florida AL&M, is excited for the opening and needs a new “spot.”
“I need a new brunch place for my girls and I to go. I have heard so much about this place and I’m eager to try the French toast,” said Floyd. “I can’t wait for them to open. Tallahassee needs more brunch spots.”
Customers on Yelp have given it high praise, calling the blueberry-stuffed French toast divine and the banana caramel pancakes worth every calorie.
Jonathan Edwards, a sophomore information technology major, loves Keke’s for other reasons. He said Keke’s is affordable food that’s better than your favorite restaurant.
“I ordered like two or three main courses and I only paid like $19 before the tip,” said Edwards.
He added that Keke’s is unlike any other brunch restaurant in town.
“The food is so fresh and the service is awesome,” said Edwards. “That sets them apart.”
Kaliah Bryant, a graduating pre-physical therapy major, is a huge fan of Keke’s. She has been to more than five of their locations across Florida and is excited about the Tallahassee location.
“I’ve been several times at different locations and they’re typically the same,” said Bryant. “I’m still excited. It’s not like any other brunch spot.”
She added, “It’s a nice, fun place that has great food.”
The restaurant is open daily at all locations from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.