Spicy Bite Indian Street Food
3550 San Pablo Dam Road, Suite B2
El Sobrante, CA 94803
Malwinder Mavi and his wife, Harkamaljit moved here from Toronto, Canada about five years ago to be closer to family. I met them both at their Spicy Bite restaurant located in Plaza Sobrante on San Pablo Dam Road. Spicy Bite is our Business of the Month for the month of February. And although I did most of my talking with Malwinder, he made it very clear that he drives a truck for a living and that Spicy Bite was completely run by the “ladies.” He motioned to his wife who was cooking some fresh Indian bread called Kulcha.
Malwinder misses the snow in Toronto but doesn’t miss shoveling his driveway every morning. Harkamaljit, on the other hand, doesn’t miss the snow at all and loves the climate here. They both like living in El Sobrante but quickly discovered a lack of what they call “Indian street food” available in the area. He described this type of food as south-Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine.
About a year ago, Harkamaljit opened up Spicy Bite. They were happy to find a vacancy at Plaza Sobrante, at 3550 San Pablo dam Road, Suite B2. This spot is ideal because of its proximity to the Sikh Temple and the busy San Pablo Dam Road, says Malwinder.
Spicy Bite makes all of their dishes to order. Everything is made fresh. They are open every day, except Mondays, from 11 AM until 9 PM. You can drop by the restaurant or place an order with www.doordash.com and have your food delivered.
Congratulations to Spicy Bite, Indian Street Food, our Business of the Month for February.
Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to purchase a new car or to go on a vacation or pay off an old debt but you didn’t have the money and didn’t want to borrow any? What about that old jewelry that’s sitting in the drawer at home that you never use? Is that of any value? And what are you going to do with the silver urn you found at the side of the road? That’s probably worth some money! Is there anyone that can quickly help you turn your valuables into cash that you can use to get what you want? In El Sobrante, there now is Cash 4 Gold & Diamonds. And owner, Atoumane Agne, told us that he can help with this process.
Atoumane has been doing business as Cash 4 Gold & Diamonds in their new location at 452 Appian Way, Suite B, in El Sobrante since moving there from Hilltop Mall where he originally bought the business from his partner over 10 years ago.
Originally from the Republic of Senegal, Atoumane came to the United States at the age of 11 with the desire to become a nurse and help people. After learning to speak four languages, including English and French, he is now learning to speak Arabic and has achieved the title of Certified Nurse Assistant.
Atoumane told me that the Cash 4 Gold business was intended to be a way of making an income while pursuing his healthcare career. He didn’t realize how closely related to healthcare his business is. Often in dealing with customers Atoumane feels like a psychologist as he guides them through what can be a difficult time in their lives.
He has found on more than one occasion, a client will present him with an inherited piece of jewelry the family doesn’t want to part with but can think of no other way to divide the asset between two or more heirs than to sell it. In such a case, one solution has been to make a copy of the item so each of the heirs can have one. This one example has grown the business to include jewelry fabrication and repair, and watch repair.
Atoumane is continuing to take his business in new directions. But his aim has always been customer satisfaction. The Chamber of Commerce congratulates Atoumane for his success and welcomes him to El Sobrante with recognition as Business of the Month for January, 2019.
If you’re into pizza but looking for something a little different, look no further than Chicago’s Pizza With-A-Twist. They serve 16 traditional pizzas, and give you a “twist” by also offering 18 Indian-style pizzas that can be described as Chicago Pizza with an infusion of Indian flavor. Examples can be seen in any of their Specialty Pizzas like Tandoori Veggie Pizza or the Chicken Tikka Masala pizza. The company has more than 30 locations nationwide and has seen promising growth in popularity since 2017.
The Sandhu family was working for the company and liked the business and the healthy product they sold. So Gurdeep Sandhu and his wife Sukhdeep and sister Rupinperpal, along with his two sons, Navneet and Manmeet, decided to take advantage of what the business offers by opening up their own location. After researching various locations, they settled on El Sobrante because of the growing Indian population and because the building was located on busy San Pablo Dam Road.
Their menu is extensive and offers a variety of beers along with salads, sandwiches, pasta, appetizers and pizza that you can enjoy while watching your favorite sports event on any one of 4 big screen TVs. You can take your order to go, or they can deliver to you. You can even take it unbaked, and cook your order later as a fresh alternative. And, if you order online, you can save 10% by visiting their website at www.chicagospizzatwist.com. (Go to locations and choose El Sobrante.) They are open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM with a lunch buffet Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
Congratulations to the Sandhu family and Chicago’s Pizza With-A-Twist, Business of the Month for November, 2018.
Tony Raffanelli got the idea of Godfather’s Limousine Service from bartending at special events. He saw the need for a quality limousine service that could make any normal event a special day to remember. So, 37 years ago Godfather’s opened its doors for business, when Tony bought a 1972 Cadillac formal limousine and had it painted white for weddings.
Today, Tony commands a fleet of limos and stretch limos that are available for wine tastings, quinceaneras, weddings, funerals and any special event. However, he says the pride of his fleet, the white Rolls Royce, is only available for weddings.
I met Tony at his place of business, located on the corner of La Paloma Dr., and Appian Way, at 407 La Paloma Dr., in El Sobrante. He had just finished giving the place a new coat of paint. And, as always, the place was immaculate….just like the fleet of cars he has. So, when only the very best will do, champagne and red carpet service, call Tony of Godfather’s Limousine Service at (510) 222-9995. And congratulations to Tony Rafanelli and Godfather’s Limousine Service, the Business of the Month for October.
By Bob Sharp, Chamber Board Member
MARIA’S GOURMET PASTRIES
3800 “B” San Pablo Dam Road
El Sobrante, CA 94803
(510) 669-1187, (510) 669-1195
Maria Nunez has always loved baking and making delicious desserts. But it wasn’t until about 30 years ago, after making her first birthday cake for her daughter Mayra and her husband Alejandro, that she realized her hobby could be much more. Everyone who tasted her cake loved it and she soon became looked upon as THE cake maker to go to.
Maria and Alejandro Nunez opened Maria’s Gourmet Pastries in El Sobrante in 2005. Now the excitement for her cakes and pastries grows with every bite. And so does the demand. So popular are her baked goods that Maria is looking to expand her business and their business is currently looking to hire more help.
They specialize in making custom cakes. Most of their business is birthday cakes but they also make cakes for weddings and other occasions.
When it comes to pastries, their most popular sellers are the fruit tarts and the tres leche chocolate desserts. But it doesn’t stop there. If you like cheesecake they have all kinds. When I visited their shop last, they had New York, blueberry, strawberry, and cappuccino cheesecakes. I bought a slice of each. You might also try their cookies, croissants, cinnamon rolls or brownies. Pastries don’t stay in the display case for long and the selection will vary so you never know what to expect when you visit. But it’s all delicious!
You are welcome to stop by Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm; and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Free, hot coffee is available for their customers. They are located in the Park Plaza Center on the corner of Hillcrest Road and San Pablo Dam Road.
Congratulations, Maria and Alejandro!
4156 Appian Way
Hours: Every Day 8 am – Midnight
Every town needs a tavern, because it’s where all the locals, including business owners, friends, and family can come meet and hang out together. The Elsewhere Tavern is the new version of that! Now with two brand new pool tables, dart boards, a shuffle board, a great juke box and a nice long bar with the coldest beer in town (8 beers on tap!), the Elsewhere Tavern is the newest and best “hang out” spot in town. This is Mike Diebel’s second tavern in El Sobrante, after the Somewhere Else Bar and Grill. Every part of the interior and exterior is a full makeover with more to come. Patio seating in the back will be added, as well as the Fast Track Coffee Shop with sandwiches and pastries. In the meantime, check out the food truck on Thursdays through Saturdays after 5pm for some great eats to go with your beer or beverage. Play a friendly game of pool with your friends and watch for a future league night, too. You are sure to see a friendly face and someone you know or meet someone new. All that’s missing is YOU! See you soon.