Yaki’s Place offers “more than coffee”

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photo by Kim Cameron | Yakelis Delgado personalized Yaki's Place with a customized menu and unique decorative touches.
photo by Kim Cameron | Yakelis Delgado personalized Yaki's Place with a customized menu and unique decorative touches.

by Christy Parrott

Recently opened in Hot Sulphur Springs, the coffee shop Yaki’s Place fulfills a lifelong dream for Yakelis Delgado and her husband, Butch Chamberlain. The couple moved to Grand County in 2012 to enjoy the lifestyle: hunting, scenery, and winter sports. Yet, Delgado noticed there was nowhere to stop and have a coffee in their new hometown.

“I’ve always wanted to have a place where people can gather and talk or read a book,” Delgado explains.

Providing “More than Coffee,” Yaki’s Place offers a comfortable spot for friends and neighbors to meet over fresh-baked goods, coffee, tea or smoothies. “I also want to provide the community with healthy, high-quality options. I like to bring people a little green on their plate, some fruit,” Delgado explains. A pre-diabetic, Delgado understands the importance of a good diet and wants to share her cooking talents and passion for health.

“We virtually have no grease,” Chamberlain explains. “We own a fryer but rarely use it.”

Instead, fresh salads are a lunch option prepared daily, served with chicken fresh off the grill. In fact, Delgado’s food is just as vibrant as the décor, with berries bursting atop warm bagels drizzled with agave
for breakfast, or the house specialty, homemade Arepas (a corn-based, gluten free bread from Delgado’s native Venezuela), for lunch. Meals and drinks are served under windows adorned with curtains fabricated from gunny sacks once filled with beans. “I hope everyone likes what we’ve done,” Delgado smiles warmly. Located at 512 Byers avenue, Yaki’s Place serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week through summer, from 6 a.m.-2 p.m., with beverages available until 4pm.

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