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NEW VENTURES: Startup eatery finds home in tech incubator

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Daniella Torres and Xavier Martinez with their son, Xavier, left, at the new Heroes Kafé. PHOTO/SUBMITTED
Daniella Torres and Xavier Martinez with their son, Xavier, left, at the new Heroes Kafé. PHOTO/SUBMITTED

Coming up with tomorrow’s technology can make a person hungry.

The lucky tech developers at Tech Ventures in Bethlehem now have a place to grab a bite to eat.

A new eatery being run by a pair of Ecuadorean natives held a soft opening and plans a grand opening Nov. 14.

Known as the Heroes Kafé the eatery celebrates all things superhero and Star Wars, and it prepares food combining the restaurateurs’ Ecuadorean background with European flavors.

The fact that it’s a startup restaurant at a venue that is dedicated to nurturing startups isn’t lost on Daniella Torres, who co-owns the Heroes Kafé with her husband, Xavier Martinez.

“We love the fact that we, as entrepreneurs, are literally nourishing other entrepreneurs at Ben Franklin Tech Ventures,” she said.

The restaurant’s signature sandwich, the Pocoloco, shows the diversity of flavors on the menu.

The Pocoloco, which means a “little crazy” in Spanish, features capocollo ham, Havarti cheese, goat cheese, shredded mozzarella, Herbes de Provence, and a spicy signature sauce on Roghani naan.

And as for the “heroes,” the restaurant features Torres’ original artwork, which pays tribute to Star Wars characters and superhero action figures.

Hero’s Kafé is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at Ben Franklin TechVentures, 116 Research Drive in Bethlehem.

St. Luke’s opens specialty practice

A new pediatric neurology practice, St. Luke’s Pediatric Neurology, has opened in Bethlehem.

Dr. Elizabeth T. Corbo opened the practice at 306 S. New St., Suite 303, in Bethlehem in October; however, at the end of the year, the practice will move to offices in the Fairmont Village Shopping Center at 7001 N. Route 309 in Coopersburg.

Corbo is the first fully employed pediatric neurologist at St. Luke’s. She will treat patients up to 18 years old for neurological disorders including, but not limited to epilepsy, headaches, tic and movement disorders, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and neurocutaneous syndrome, a group of brain, spine and peripheral nerve disorders.

Patio reopens

The Patio gets facelift at Promenade Shops After 12 years of being the center of attention, The Patio at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley has gotten a bit of an update, and the lifestyle center celebrated the new look with a grand opening of The Patio on Nov. 1.

The event was held in the newly renovated Patio space, which includes a large platform stage, soft seating, a lawn area, fire features, cell-phone charging stations, and shade elements.

The Patio is a popular place at the center of the Promenade’s food court area for patrons to come, sit and relax. Entertainment is regularly held there.

The Bowl Fountain will also be renovated to make it more inviting and pedestrian friendly.

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