New Ice Cream Shop and Cafe to Open in Clearwater

The Creamy Tiki Spot will open next door to K-picu International Fusion Cuisine
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The retail center at the intersection of South Belcher Road and Catalina Drive in Clearwater will soon be home to a new ice cream spot and cafe. The Creamy Tiki Spot will offer top-of-the-line ice cream and coffee with a tiki theme at 1441 S Belcher Road, right next door to K-picu International Fusion Cuisine.

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“It’s not going to be just regular coffee,” co-owner Frank Segui told What Now on Wednesday. “Everything is going to be made in-house. It’s going to be something that will keep people coming back for more.”

Segui’s business partner, Rafael Rodriguez, is the chef behind K-picu, which offers modern Puerto-Rican fusion cuisine next door. He brings thirty years’ of experience as a chef to the project. As for Segui, he grew up working in his grandmother’s cafe in Puerto Rico; he has a lifetime of experience with coffee.

“My grandmother is from the center of the island,” said Segui. “I helped with everything since I was little, picking up the beans, setting them on a concrete slab to dry. Grinding, roasting, sifting. I learned what a good coffee should taste like.”

Segui has a strong DIY-orientation with the Creamy Tiki Spot, whose spacious interior is expected to seat 40-50 guests and features a mural of a sunset with palm trees painted by Segui himself. No opening date has been determined just yet, but work is well underway.

Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney is a freelance writer. He has received an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and his work has been published in the Masters Review. He lives in Nashville, TN, where he spends his free time cooking Korean food and studying chess.
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