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Tesoro's is open on Union Street

A new cafe on upper Union Street in Schenectady has opened that pays homage to its owner's South American roots.

Tesoro's Cafe at 1712 Union St. was designed by owner Gloria Herman, who publishes the bilingual, bimonthly Hola Capital Magazine in the Capital Region. Breakfast will consist of crepes, bagels and tortilla wraps, and lunch will include soups, salads, Cuban wraps and Cubano paninis made by chef Angel Tolentino, who is set to graduate from Schenectady County Community College's culinary arts program in May.

Designed as a place to gather and network over coffee or tea (which comes from Divinitea next door), the cafe features earth-toned decor and folk art hung on bright, gold walls. The seating includes high tops and leather sofas.

"Even the Spanish flamenco guitar, Brazilian Casanova or Cuban swing music in the background is as I remember it as a girl," said Herman in a news release.

Herman is planning to schedule Hispanic cultural events, salsa nights, Spanish meet-ups, open mic nights, open discussions and small workshops at her new cafe. But mostly, she envisions the restaurant as a space for people to grab some coffee and relax.

"I welcome people to come in to enjoy a warm drink and a bite to eat and to linger alone or in groups," she said. "I see this as a place for people to socialize, to network and to exchange ideas and cultures. People will find a warm, homey atmosphere here. It's a bit 'old worldly,' but electronic devices are welcome."

Tesoro's has WiFi. In the summer, the patio will open for breakfast and lunch service.

Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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