A Rhode Island-based restaurant that hires people with special needs has leased a space at Sylvan Thirty.

Shayna’s Place Cafe is a family owned sandwich and coffee shop.

Lou Olerio is opening Shayna’s Dallas location. His uncle started the restaurant in 2015, inspired by his daughter Shayna who has Down syndrome. 

The restaurant is expected to open next to Cibo Divino in late summer. They’ll serve breakfast, lunch and dinner including sandwiches, salads, smoothies, pastries and juices as well as coffee, beer and wine.