Cuban Gypsy Pantry expands to Summerville with new cafe

Photo by Rūta Smith

Cuban Gypsy Pantry owner Chloe Vivas’ third location is now open in Summerville. Gypsy Parlor, located at 106 E. Doty Ave., serves many of the classic plates and sandwiches patrons find at the downtown and North Charleston Cuban Gypsy Pantry locations along with some new seasonal vegetarian dishes, Vivas said. 

“The parlor is our cafe concept. We spotted this place over a year ago, and it was currently under lease,” Vivas said. The incoming tenant decided not to move forward, so the building’s owner reached out to Vivas in March. Pandemic or none, she knew it was the right spot for her third location. 

Vivas | Photo by Rūta Smith

“I loved the cottage so much that I wanted to make sure we could move forward with it,” she said. The outdoor, partially covered “cottage” can seat up to 68 customers. She’s also using it to host private events with personalized menus. 

The Cottage seats up to 68 people | Photo by Rūta Smith

After guests grab a bite to eat, Vivas invites them to visit her spiritual store called Botanica De La Gitana, which means “store of the gypsy” in Spanish. Vivas does tarot readings and sells incense, jewelry, and metaphysical resources inside the shop located above the Gypsy Parlor.  

Gypsy Parlor is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Be sure to stop by on the first Friday of each month when the cafe hosts its “Gypsy Market” featuring food, music, and local artisans. 

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