When it opened in November 2019, the health-conscious cafe owned by the Warda family was the result of years of research into nutrition.
“People will eat what’s available to them,” owner Dorothy Warda said. “Unless more businesses step up ... there is not going to be a trend. Somebody has to do it.”
DessertsRx is the name of both the cafe and the type of desserts the business serves. All of the desserts are made with “functional foods,” which are plant-based ingredients rich in nutrients, such as cashews, almond milk and coconut oil.
According to Warda, DessertsRx was unable to gain a lot of traction in the Colleyville community before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The cafe was forced to close temporarily, but the Wardas took that time to add new items to their menu, including coffee and tea.
The family’s interest in nutrition began when treating health issues for Warda’s two children. She soon realized there was an opportunity to educate the local community and fill a niche in the local dining industry, which lacked organic, non-GMO and gluten- and dairy-free options.
“We realized it’s not enough to do it just for our family because there are a lot of people who have similar issues regarding food that my brother and I had,” said Warda’s daughter, Nina.
DessertsRx has expanded its customer base through social media and word of mouth, and most of the business’s customers have become regulars, Warda said.
“To get [customers] to the point [of] understanding what it is we’re doing and how it’s unique takes some explaining,” Nina said. “[But] once people understand what we’re trying to do, they love it.”
8300 Precinct Line Road, Ste. 104, Colleyville
Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.