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244 W. Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75208
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email: InforzatosCafe@gmail.com


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We were formerly Hula Hotties Cafe & Bakery. We're the same owners, same location.

Jill cooked such wonderful Hawaiian food the first year we were opened, pulling from 38 years of living in Hawaii.

The second year we re-open as the Hula Cafe Bakery and we switched to American Comfort Food with a Pacific Rim Twist:
Pig, Cow, Chicken, Fish

This year (2011), Jill decided she wanted to get back to her roots. So she resurrected some old family recipes and put here special spin on them and Inforzato's Italian Cafe was re-born.

Actually, Inforzato's Cafe was opened in 1914 in Duluth, MN by Jill's Grandfather, C.N. Inforzato.

But, we'll let Kyle Inforzato, the family historian tell you this story in his own words:

Basically, here is how things started from my perspective and growing upstairs of the bar. I'll try to dig up some pictures.  Our grandfather Nick (Camillo Nicholas Inforzato) opened the bar around 1914 called "C.N. Inforzato Cafe". The sign painted on the side of the bar said "Real Italian Spaghetti" and "Booths for Ladies" in the days that women could not sit at the bar. A side note: Nick is a spitting image of Mussolini!

The bar and restaurant stayed that way until prohibition in the 1920's. It was then converted to a clothing store. Some bootlegging was going on from there, according to my dad, Joe. In fact, when your dad and my dad were kids the place was going to get busted for bootlegging wine. Our grandpa was pouring wine down the sewer and your dad was so distressed according my dad that Vince (Jill's dad) was scooping it up. Both your dad and my dad were just kids at the time.

After prohibition, the place reopened as C.N. Inforzato Cafe (like the sign said). It was pretty much family run with your dad, Presetta, my dad, grandpa and grandma Dora running the place. The recipe for the sauce came from Dora according to my dad.

In 1938 Joe went to the University of Minnesota where he went to play football. He was on the freshmen team during the heyday of Golden Gopher Football, under the great Bernie Berman (a little football trivia). Around that time, Dora died and my dad came back to help out in the bar. I believe Presetta was around, not real sure. 

Then, shortly after that, the war broke out. Your dad and my dad enlisted. You probably know that Vince received a purple heart getting wounded in Europe.  I have a letter he sent back to my dad, who really had it rough. He was a mess-sergeant in Jamaica! Your dad encouraged my dad to try to stay stateside.

After the war, the family was running the bar and Nick (C.N.) died in 1947, at which time my dad and Presetta were pretty much running things as far as I know. My dad was married to Pauline shortly after and Joe was born. Around that time, I believe Nicky and Presetta were still running things and my dad ran a grocery store in West Duluth near Denfeld High School.  He moved to Minneapolis, (Golden Valley) and owned  a liquor store for a couple of years before returning back around 1955, When he took things over. I believe you guys moved to California around that time.

The bar had it's share of ups and downs. Seemed like more downs. The one constant was the Italian part of the menu. The bar was remodeled in 1961. He (Joe) had tried to open a bowling alley across the street on property we owned but couldn't get a zoning variance (I guess because of the noise in the back). Anyhow he re-opened with a full menu, though the Italian food is what brought people in from outside of Gary (Minnesota). The Italian food pretty much revolved around spaghetti with meatballs or sausage along with rigatoni, lasagna and ravioli. Once in a while, he would whip up chicken cacciatore. Around 1964 or 65 he came up with Hot Dagos and they went over like gangbusters. He got the idea from an Italian place we went to in St. Paul. He took a Hot Dago back with him and took it apart and figured out the recipe like a chemist. He passed on the recipes of spaghetti sauce, lasagna and hot dagos.

Later on in the 60s he tried to focus on the Italian, calling the bar "Inforzato's Spaghetti House". Trying to get more people from around town, outside of Gary, where most of the business came from the steel plant. Unfortunately, people who came for a nice quiet dinner, though the food was great, didn't have the atmosphere of a classier place. Just couldn't have it both ways. Again, the ups and downs of business as you know better than I.

In 1972, there was a fire in the bar which gutted the place. My dad was drinking a lot, though it had nothing to do with the fire and the place was under insured. His drinking ended up with him selling the place because he couldn't get a loan to make up the difference to rebuild. 

In 1975 dad went to work as a cook at a restaurant called Geogies Italian World. I was married around the same time and we made the Italian food for the place, though my dad would not give the owner, Georgie, the recipe for our sauces. Business was great, people knowing we were making the food, etc.

Oct. 7, 1975 my dad died of a heart attack. I quit working there a few months before...doing my rock-n-roll thing. Georgie asked me for the recipe and I refused. Since the food was not as nearly as good with the both of us gone, business dropped and the place eventually closed, if I recall, maybe less than a year.

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Good job, Kyle. From there, Jill graduated from high school in West Covina, California. She followed her brother Gerry over to Oahu after that and then, eventually landed on the Big Island where she opened Jill's Country Kitchen. She met Roger on Feb. 14th, 1991 who played music nightly in the resorts on the island's west side.

On July 4th, 2008, Jill and Roger arrived in Dallas and opened the Hula Hotties Cafe & Bakery. Discovering the "Hotties" in Dallas does not mean "one who loves hot & spicy food", they shortened it to Hula Cafe Bakery the second year of operation and now have totally changed to traditional spaghetti house cuisine in re-opening as Inforzato's Italian Cafe.

People used to ask, "Why would y'all move from Hawaii to Dallas?"

And we would say, "Life's too short not to live it as a Texan."

Now people ask, "Why would y'all switch horses in the middle of a stream?"

And now we say, "Life's too short not to open an Italian restaurant."