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Now on board: Fine and inexpensive menu featured at new Lehigh cafe

May 8, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

For a quick and delicious lunch for people on the go, there's a new restaurant in Lehigh that especially caters to them during the middle of the day. Owner Hans Pfuner says his new family restaurant has been opened only for a few weeks and already they are seeing a lot of people who are making it a point to stop by for lunch.

"They know they are going to get a good, freshly cooked meal at some very special prices and they are going to get excellent service," Pfuner said.

His wife, Christa, is ahead of service at the restaurant and she guarantees that you will be greeted in a very friendly fashion and taken to a good table and provided service quickly.

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Hans Pfuner, the owner of Vis-aVis French Café and Bakery, and his daughter-in-law Martina Pfuner, stand in front of the menu board which shows the specials of the day.

"We want our visitors know that they can come here to a nice mid-day restaurant and know the food is good, freshly cooked. We are not a fast food restaurant where food has been prepared way ahead of time. We do it on the spot and serve it up quickly," she said with a wide smile.

The new restaurant is Vis-aVis French Cafe and Bakery.

Both Hans Pfuner and his wife and family are well known and respected members of the Lehigh community.

The restaurant offers all types of coffees and teas, breakfast, lunch and tapas, fresh gourmet sandwiches and cakes and pastries.

"You can't beat that and our prices of fresh delicious gourmet sandwiches are inexpensive and there is always available grilled chicken with Lime Aioli, Tuna salad, Cuban and country bacon and cheese sandwiches.

"And there is a Vis-A-Vis salad and Nicosia. All sandwiches are served with bag of chips or a healthy serving of a side salad. And each day we have featured specials at very nice prices," Pfuner said.

"A lot of people meet here with friends and sometimes they may only have a cup of coffee or an Espresso, or a Cappuccino or yet another type of drink. Folks will enjoy the best atmosphere and the ability to sit down with friends during a slow period in the afternoon is a great thing," Pfuner said.

"You want Quiche Lorraine with Ham, Quiche Rustical with Bacon and cheese or Quiche Madame with Veggies, we have them all, and more," he said.

A big blackboard inside the eatery is changed with daily specials in addition to what is on the menu, he said.

The new restaurant is located at 1251 Taylor Lane Extended at the Village of Lehigh, just off Homestead Rd. There is plenty of parking and easy access to the restaurant.

Pfuner noted that there is an outside caf where patrons can dine in the shade or the fresh air," he said. "It has become very popular. There are very few outside cafes in Lehigh where one can dine," he said.

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays.

In addition to the fine mid-day restaurant, Pfuner and his family are hosting the first supper club in Lehigh Acres.

It is opened Mondays at 6 p.m. and an exclusive menu is featured.

"We need for folks to call for reservations for our new supper club," Pfuner said. "The number to call and RSVP is 303-1040.

The restaurant has a capacity for 26 patrons so the Pfuners need to know how to plan for their supper club .

On a recent Supper Club night, the menu consisted of Southwestern Style Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers stuffed with a goat cheese cream, fresh fine tomato salsa and corn salad. The main course was herb roasted dry aged prime rib with a choice of in house dry and aged, served with a baked potato and roasted Asparagus spears, all served with a special dessert.

Hans Pfuner is no stranger to the fine restaurant business. He has operated restaurants in the Lehigh area over the past several years and also operated and owned a restaurant in Austria, before the family came to the United States.

"I like to tell people that we are an European styled caf with a friendly atmosphere with white table cloths tables, all to make our visitors comfortable," Pfuner said.

"But folks should not forget our 'Power Lunch,' because it is excellent and I think they will enjoy the atmosphere in here. They will see friends and it is a nice place for folks to meet.

"You can relax with a glass or wine or a glass of beer and just enjoy being with a friend," he said.

"And don't forget to tell them that everything here is fresh, made from scratch. We don't buy things already prepared and ready for us to warm them up. We do all of our own cooking with the best ingredients.

Pfuner said the General Women's Club of Lehigh meets at the new Vis-Avis restaurant now once a month for their monthly luncheon meetings.

"And we're available for other small group that want to meet here. All they have to do is come and visit or give me a call. I'm here most of the time," he said.

A daughter-in-law is Martina Pfuner and she agrees.

"We have really great food and menus here, people really are getting to know our restaurant. Just come and see how you like here it here, she said.



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