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Chyna Honey – Cafe del Soul

By in 2012 - Volume 14

cafedelsolIn 2003 Chyna Honey was unsatisfied with a corporate career in South Florida. She decided to take a leap of faith after resigning from her job and taking some time to travel through Europe by packing up her SUV to drive across the country to the SF Bay area. Once settled into San Francisco she was determined to open up what was then going to be a new kind of smoothie shop.

In July 2004 she opened Café del Soul in Mill Valley back then though she named it Smoothie Love. Without formal training she created the menu based on foods and experiences she liked, then designed the space and even laid the kitchen tiles.

In 2005 she renamed Smoothie Love to Café del Soul as the new name did a far better job of describing the food, the experience and the atmosphere. The café serves organic and hormone free and gluten free foods including wraps, soups, salads and quinoa dishes. The smoothie drinks are original and sweets and snacks are unique.

Driven by a dream she worked tirelessly and today after 9 years and the wonderful support of her husband, friends and staff she opened a second location in San Rafael in April 2013 at a Restaurant Realty listing and is working to open a third bay area location in the summer of 2013.

“I am so proud of the café; how it was brought to life and how it has survived and throughout most of our time together, thrived. I’ve met amazing people along the way, some have been customers and others have been employees and the café just wouldn’t be what it is today without them.

Restaurant Realty wishes Chyna much success in her future endeavors and look forward to helping her achieve her goals.

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About The Author
Steven Zimmerman, CBI, M&AMI, CBB, FIBBA

Steve is the Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Realty Company. Steve has personally sold/leased over 1,000 restaurant, bar and/or nightclub businesses and many related commercial buildings totaling 2+ million square feet of commercial space, collaborated with over 2,000 clients and completed over 3,000 valuations since 1996.His real estate experience also includes sales, acquisitions, management and ownership of numerous properties throughout California including restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings, single family houses, an office building and a multi-use retail building. Steve is also the author of Restaurant Dealmaker – An Insider’s Trade Secrets for Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club available on Amazon. Prior to starting Restaurant Realty Company Steve had over 20 years of restaurant experience and was President and Chief Executive officer of Zim’s Restaurants, which was one of the largest privately owned restaurant chains in the San Francisco Bay Area. READ FULL BIO | HIRE EXPERT WITNESS - LEARN MORE