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Anticipated tea house, cocktail bar, & restaurant opens this week

Anticipated tea house, cocktail bar, & restaurant opens this week

Sav McKee

A new cafe offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options, as well as craft teas, tea infused cocktails, mocktails, and coffee, is finally ready to open this week.

Teas Your Spirits announced they’re opening their unique space on June 27, located  in the heart of Old Hilliard, at 5286 Center St. You’re invited to join their Grand Opening Party, starting at 4 p.m.!

The concept is founded by Mayra Betances, who tried everything to get into a true, relaxing, calming state during the pandemic. Yoga didn’t necessarily work, and neither did meditating.

What was the magic trick to inner peace? “Making tea,” Betances laughed.

During the pandemic, while we were all searching for ways to remain calm, Betances made tea kits for her friends and family. Not only were here dried hibiscus teas a way to relax others, but, “Purchasing the ingredients, mixing the spices and cloves, brewing the tea – the entire ritual made me relax, too,” she explained.

After trying her tea creations, her friends and family encouraged her to start selling it. And she did just that. Her brand, Teas Your Spirits, has been selling out pop-up after pop-up, where customers enjoy her bright colored teas, jams, bottled fusions, syrups, and loose tea blends.


Betances’ tremendous success at her pop-ups at Worthington Market and Hilliard Farm Market, which she said has been essential in her growth, made her realize that she needed her own space. “People started asking me where my storefront was, and I thought, ‘Wow, maybe I do need a store of my own.’”

And so she did!

Betances is Dominican, and her partner and chef is Bolivian, so some of the menu will definitely reflect their love of their culture. Guests can expect a typical Dominican brunch called Mofongo, with shrimp and chicharones options, made with sticky plantains, plus a Dominican version of Johnny Cakes. They’ll also offer buttermilk waffles, cinnamon French toast, smoked salmon, avocado toast, breakfast burritos, pastries, and much more.

For lunch and dinner, Teas Your Spirits will offer a variety of soups, salads, paninis, veggie, cheese, & charcuterie platters, and even flatbreads, pizzas, and empanadas. Betances’ favorite salad is the watermelon salad, with feta, olives, mint, tomatoes, and watermelon of course. They’re planning on fun oyster nights, as well.

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Restaurant offerings; photo via Teas Your Spirits’ Facebook

All of that can be paired with a craft cocktail or mocktail with Betances’ own incorporated tea blend. Think: turmeric Hot Toddy’s, Hibiscus tea margaritas, Mama Juana (a Dominican elixir with Dominican rum, roots, and spices), and butterfly pea flower tea with gin. They’ll also serve coffee from a local roaster. 

The tea artist has lived in Hilliard ever since moving here from New Jersey, and she said she loves the small town charm in Old Hilliard. “I’ve always wanted a business here in Old Hilliard – I just didn’t know it would be a restaurant and a cafe!” she said. “When the opportunity came to open the tea house in Old Hilliard, I didn’t hesitate. I never doubted the fact that I want it here and that it’s a great opportunity.”

“People that come in the tea house won’t want to leave,” Betances joked. With cozy, whimsical decor, and a backyard with greenhouses people can dine inside, plus hammocks, raised vegetable beds, and flowers everywhere, almost reminiscent of an English garden, I think she’s absolutely right.

Teas Your Spirits will be open Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4pm-10pm for dinner service, Fridays & Saturdays 11am-11pm, and Sundays 10am-6pm for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

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