VegasMetro’s Business Of The Week is a small café located in Desert Shores in the northwest part of the valley! It’s Rooster Boy Café, and it has a very eclectic menu because it changes almost daily. They serve breakfast and lunch and are open from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Sonia Elnawal, the owner, can often be found there in the middle of the action cooking, baking, and mingling with the patrons, who are often regulars. She’s very attentive to everything that’s going on at the restaurant. During our talk, she continually surveyed the scene to ensure that all eaters were being cared for by her staff, who are also very attentive.
The café itself is rather small, with almost all of its seating outside on the patio. The inside is literally the kitchen. There you can watch the staff preparing everything for that day’s menu, which, as mentioned before, changes almost daily.
Rooster Boy Café, along with patio dining, provides catering. However, their idea of catering is different from what you and I are accustomed to. Their catering is customizable to the individual ordering. Every customer makes their own menu, with the staff’s guidance, if needed. There is no “one size fits all” scenario going on here.
The Little Engine That Could and Did!
Rooster Boy Café has been able to do what many other local businesses, unfortunately, weren’t. It has weathered the pandemic crisis. The cafe had to make some changes to do this, and its location was ideal for those changes. During the pandemic, not only did it remain a café, Sonia saw the opportunity to serve her patrons by becoming a general store while also serving food. People would come to her small cafe to buy items they would normally purchase at convenience or larger grocery stores. This pivot, in my opinion, is partially what is keeping Rooster Boy Café afloat. Rooster Boy Cafe remained top of mind to its customers during the pandemic. What’s even better, she was able to keep her staff. To me, that’s genius.
Sonia Elnawal is a world traveler living in so many places in the pursuit of perfecting her craft. She can take not only her training but also the experiences of having lived in those places and translating them into her cooking. I hate to use the word “authentic” because it is overused but, you truly get the authenticity of those different locales because Sonia learned how to make it there. Because she is the owner and chef, she takes great care to make sure her creations are perfect. So you’re pretty much guaranteed to get top-notch quality fare there each time you visit.
There are a couple of things that I will remember about Sonia; one is that she is “real!” There is no air of superiority or standoffishness that you sometimes might get with chefs; at least that what’s portrayed that way on TV. Sonia is a real down-to-earth person who calls it like she sees it and relates with people who cross her path. The other is she’s a riot!! Quick to laugh or crack a joke, sometimes at your expense, not in a bad way but in a way as if you’ve known her your whole life and you were best friends. She and my wife, Bernadette, were like besties the whole time we were there.
So there you have it, Rooster Boy Café, VegasMetro’s Business Of The Week! I small jewel in the northwest, that shines bright for all to see! Do yourself a favor, and check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
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