Mecatos Bakery & Cafe
Welcome to the Complete Care Keep it Local campaign! Complete Care has begun a campaign to focus on local restaurants in the Central Florida region who have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Businesses all around Florida and the country have been greatly impacted by the crisis and among the hardest hit is the restaurant industry. Complete Care has worked with restaurants in Central Florida for years as part of our business operations and we have gotten to know several owners of these amazing businesses who need help. Mecatos Bakery & Cafe is the first restaurant in our program that we would like to highlight.
Started by Orlando resident Edwin Lurduy in 2016, Mecatos Bakery & Cafe quickly became a neighborhood favorite. In just 4 years time, Mecatos Bakery & Cafe was able to grow to 3 different locations in the Orlando area, in Lake Underhill, Waterford Lakes, and Downtown. Prior to the COVID crisis, Edwin was beginning a franchise opportunity that would increase locations and give a new operator a business that creates jobs and opportunity in the community. The crisis has stopped those growth plans and has had a massive impact on the business. Like most restaurants, Mecatos Bakery & Cafe is open for carryout and offers delivery on larger orders, but those sales are not nearly what is needed to keep the business afloat. Mecatos Bakery & Cafe has had to furlough 29 of their 57 employees and the hours for their remaining staff have been reduced greatly as well.
Known for the Columbian Empañadas and their Pan de Bono, Mecatos has offerings from savory to sweet, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. I'd like to talk about the Pan de Bono for a second. For those of you unfamiliar with this item like I was, here is how the owner described it to me, " It is a dough made of entirely of cheese mixed with a few other ingredients and oven baked."
Pan de Bono from Mecatos Bakery & Cafe
Did you hear that? It is dough made of cheese. They had me at cheese. I was able to sample one of these and if you were thinking to yourself that baked cheese dough sounds pretty good, let me tell you, it is. It most definitely is. You can take a look at the Mecatos menu and see examples of the wide variety of amazing items they offer or to get your appetite even more fired up, you can follow them on Instagram or Facebook for shots of food that will make your stomach start rumbling.
For coffee lovers, you'll have a hard time doing better than getting a coffee from Mecatos Bakery & Cafe. The coffee they offer comes directly from Columbia and is flown in every two weeks. Columbian specialty coffee is picked by hand, sorted by hand, roasted by hand, and then sorted by hand again to remove any beans that do not meet high standards of quality. Coffee lovers who have never experienced Columbian specialty coffee are missing out on an experience.
You can order from Mecatos by walk-in, online, and through their app that is available for Apple and Android. There is a 10% discount available for your first order through the app so we recommend getting the app to order and stay up to date on offerings and hours.
Mecatos Bakery & Cafe Locations and Hours
N. ORANGE AVE
20 N Orange Ave Unit 102A
Orlando FL 32801
Phone: (407) 704-3841
Mon – Fri : 7:00am – 3:00pm
Closed Saturday and Sundays until further notice
7790 Lake Underhill Rd Unit 101
Orlando, FL 32822
Phone: (407) 730-6576
Mon – Sat : 6:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 8:00pm
857 Woodbury Rd Unit 105
Orlando, FL 32828
Phone: (407) 601-3961
Mon – Sat : 7:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm