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D.C. based fast casual restaurant chain Colada Shop thrives with all day café format

Founder Daniella Senior shares how the concept is tapping into a broader consumer and employee base by serving more dayparts.


Daniella Senior’s resume boasts two gigs that most restaurateurs would kill for: positions with chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres.

Ever a student of the industry, Senior soaked up all she could from each industry icon — particularly Andres, with whom she spent roughly three years as a manager with concepts Zaytinya and America Eats Tavern — and then carried them over to her own business, Colada Shop, which opened in Washington D.C. in 2016.

Now getting ready to open its sixth location, Colada Shop is a fast-casual, all-day Cuban café that offers everything from coffee to Cubanos to cocktails. Senior joined the latest episode of Take-Away with Sam Oches to talk about the opportunity in running an all-day café and how she’s providing a high-quality, impactful experience both for her guests and for her employees. 

In this conversation, you’ll learn more about why:

  • Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from the best
  • Jobs aren’t just jobs; they’re education
  • Your brand isn’t really for you; it’s for your customers
  • A versatile concept can make the most of the space it occupies
  • You should aim for improvement with every store opening
  • The more dayparts you serve, the more potential employees you have access to
  • You must be intentional in making the change you want to see
  • Succeeding in restaurants is a matter of perseverance, not passion

Contact Sam Oches at [email protected].

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