NEW VEGAN CAFE OWNERS GIVE LANTANA BEACHY VIBE
Owners of new vegan cafe want to create a community scene on East Ocean Avenue.
For Grigol Kranz and Eileen O’Toole, new residents of South Palm Beach, The Current Cafe was exactly what they hoped they would find across the bridge in Lantana: a low-key shop with fresh coffee and healthy food options.
“We wanted something within walking or biking distance from our home that was locally owned and clean,” said Kranz, on a recent day at the tiny, surfer-inspired cottage that houses the cafe. “We think it’s great and just what this area needed.”
The cafe, which opened July 4 on the northern edge of East Ocean Avenue in Lantana, serves freshly brewed coffee, cold brews, smoothies and natural energy shots. The place is popular for
its vegan options, particularly the acai bowls and avocado toast drizzled with red pepper olive oil.
In fact, you’ll find no animal products here. Even the honey is made from apple extract, and homemade cashew and almond milks are used in smoothies and for coffee creamer.
The shop is a reflection of the owners’ lifestyle. Delray Beach brothers Alex, 25, and Aristotle Prakas, 28, have loved surfing since childhood. For the past three years, they’ve been following a healthier lifestyle, practicing yoga and eating vegan meals.
They have both worked in the restaurant business. Alex says his older brother is a hardworking man with a creative mind and great taste for design, a guy who likes to make surfboards. Meanwhile, Aristotle says his little brother is very compassionate and loves to talk to and work with customers.
Opening the cafe felt like the natural thing to do, they say.
“The idea just came with the necessity of bringing something healthy to town,” said Alex Prakas. “There aren’t a lot of acai bowl options or vegan options in Lantana. We wanted to take advantage of that and be the only one in the area.”
But before the Prakas brothers secured the spot in March — after Good Vibes Lantana closed in that location — they had to combine their talents and convince the property’s real estate broker: their father, Tom Prakas, who owns Prakas & Co.
“Once the tenant went out, we decided it was a good opportunity to start a place,” said Aristotle. “This was more feasible rent-wise than Delray, so we jumped right in.”
Once they were able to lock in a contract, they started with a fresh paint job, some remodeling and woodwork. They painted the wall behind the counter a bright teal and painted the other walls and the exposed wood-beam ceiling a crisp white. They decorated the interior with several surfboards, made by Aristotle, and other ocean-inspired items.
There’s some seating inside the tiny cottage, but most of the space is in the front and side of the shop with an eclectic mix of tables, lounge chairs and picnic tables.
But the brothers say they their dreams don’t stop at a coffee shop. They want to turn the entire lot, which has several businesses and available spaces, into a “beachy” community hub.
“We want to build a community sense rather than just a cafe,” said Alex. “We want to incorporate art, surf, music and live events.”
The brothers are working on having live music in their patio, offering yoga classes and collaborating with other local business owners and artists to bring some life to downtown Lantana. They’ve even thought about offering water-sports rentals since the ocean is just a few blocks away. A surf shop with boards made by Aristotle is also in the works.
“We’re super excited with current and future projects,” said Aristotle. “We’re very pumped with season kicking in.”
Eileen O’Toole and Grigol Kranz, new residents of South Palm Beach, sip on cold brews at a bench outside The Current Cafe in Lantana. “We think it’s great and just what this area needed,” Kranz said.
Delray Beach brothers and owners Aristotle (left) and Alex Prakas at The Current Cafe, which is known for its vegan options and brewed coffee.
The interior of The Current Cafe in Lantana, which shows the bright teal wall owners Aristotle and Alex Prakas painted and the exposed wood-beam ceiling. The brothers plan to turn the entire lot, home to several businesses and spaces, into a “beachy” community hub.
The Balsamic Drizzle avocado toast ($9.75) has fresh arugula, tomatoes, salt, pepper, balsamic drizzle and olive oil.