Ecuadorian café coming to East Stroudsburg

A little bit of Ecuador is coming to the Poconos. A grand opening is planned for June 10 at the new BlueFoot’s in East Stroudsburg. 

The BYOB café is owned by Victor and Monica Castro. 

The couple met in 1984 on a flight to the Galapagos islands. Victor is a native to the islands and Monica was a native Ecuadorian living in the U.S.,   

The cafe features the cuisine of Monica Castro’s home country of Ecuador such as Esmeraldas encocado, a coastal dish cooked with fish and shrimp seasoned with citrus, spices, onions, peppers and coconut milk. 

With BlueFoot Cuisine, the couple said they hope to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere like the one they left behind on the islands. 

“Celebrate with us and try our authentic Ecuadorian cuisine! Love is the main ingredient in every dish – come indulge in the flavors of Ecuador today,” said Monca Castro. 

The café is located at 266 River Rd, East Stroudsburg. 

The Pocono Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating BlueFoot’s grand opening June 10 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon. 


Barry Isett unveils new headquarters

Barry Isett & Associates on Wednesday held a grand opening celebration for its new headquarters on Crackersport Road in Allentown. 

The engineering firm recently moved from the two-building headquarters it called home for 45 years into the new 21,000-square-foot, one story building. 

While the new facility is roughly the same size as the two, three-story farmhouses that the company had been operating out of since 1977, the new facility brings the company’s inspection and testing labs together with the main office so everything is under one roof, and the layout is more open and efficient allowing staff to collaborate better. 

“It’s a wonderful new chapter for the company,” said Kevin Campbell, president and CEO. “It’s a wonderful place to come to work.” 

Describing the building as a “modern farmhouse” style structure, Bob Korp, who served as project manager on the building, said the offices don’t just serve as a home, but as an example of what the firm can do. 

Onsite there is a rain garden for water quality as it infiltrates stormwater back into the subsurface, as well as a retention basin, which shows customers options for stormwater management. 

The building also features exposed ductwork and lighting and boasts different styles of lighting controls so clients can see their different options in action. 

Campell said many of the firm’s original clients were invited to the celebration, as well as many of its founders. 

Tim McNair, Jr., who is a current member of Isett’s board of directors, brought his father, Tim McNair, Sr., to the event. His father was formerly a board member at the company. 

“I wanted him to see what is happening with the company he helped to build,” McNair, Jr. said. 

MKSD Architects designed the building and Boyle Construction managed the construction of the building, while Isett handled its own engineering work on the project. 

Grand opening at Whitehall Dunkin’

A grand reopening is planned for Saturday at the Dunkin’ on MacArthur Road in Whitehall. 

The Dunkin’ located at 3670 MacArthur Rd will be celebrating its remodeling to become one of the chain’s “next generation” stores from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

 Starting at 11 a.m., the restaurant will surprise the first 100 guests in line with free coffee for a year. 

At noon, Dunkin’ franchisee Mihir Vyas will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening.  

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony Vyas will present a check for $500 to United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. 

Dunkin’, founded in 1950, is the largest coffee and donuts brand in the United States, with more than 13,200 restaurants in nearly 40 global markets.