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Luminesque Café is the brainchild of two young women who met in church in New York City ten years ago and now live in South Nyack. By coincidence, both grew up working in their family businesses, Kristena in a Greek restaurant and Laura in her father’s bakeries.

Kristena Katelas, of Greek heritage, attended Nyack College and taught children with special needs; Laura Cepeda was born in Grenada and attended college and law school in New York City.

They got the idea to combine their backgrounds to create Caribbean & Mediterranean Cuisine as Luminesque Café, their first business venture. Luminesque means light— with a little more flare.

Kristena and Laura created a fusion menu with encouragement from their families. A big seller is their Cariterrean Fusion codfish with feta cheese, cucumbers, onions and tomatoes, Caribbean and Mediterranean spices, stuffed in a pita pocket, drizzled with olive oil.

Luminesque’s menu includes high quality organic items, and they are working toward becoming 100% certified organic. A kids’ menu will be available in a few weeks.

Hours are Tues, Wed & Thurs 10am to 9pm, Fri & Sat 10am to 11pm. There’s jazz on Saturday night with spoken word and talent nights on Fridays and matinee music on Thursdays at 1pm. See them on Facebook and Twitter and stop by for a truly unique experience.

Luminesque Café, 140 Main Street, Nyack Phone 845.671.9229; on the Internet at www.luminesquecafe.com