By Jill Fox
Upon entering the quaint little tea room nestled in the corner of Parkland Town Center, diners are greeted by traditional English décor, porcelain teacups, and the scent of lavender and lemon tea.
From a selection of hats that make customers look the part to a sign reading “her majesty” on the restroom door, Queen’s Tea House transformed a piece of Parkland into a European paradise.
Owners Elizabeth and Michael Papescu created the restaurant after visiting the Parkland Town Center and discovered the space across from Bluefin Sushi was previously a tea house that closed in 2016. As with many people with European Jewish backgrounds, tea was present in their homes and daily lives, as it’s an integral part of many cultures. The couple had been hoping to invest in a new business at the time, and they felt it was their destiny.
After hiring a talented chef to create a delicious menu and a professional architect to transform the restaurant into a true British style tearoom, the couple, who have been working together for 20 years, opened Queen’s Tea House to offer friendly service, elegant ambiance, and delightful food and experiences to their customers.
“It can be a break in the day, a place to have a quiet lunch, or work at the tea bar while waiting for your kids to finish school,” said Elizabeth, who moved to Boca Raton from Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2017 with their two sons, Jacques, 13, and Beny, 11, two cats, and two dogs.
Whether their customers prefer raspberry rose petal or earl gray, there is an extensive menu with teas from all over the world. High tea platters feature daily scones, with choices like vanilla bean and apple cinnamon, and a plethora of tiny sandwiches and sweets.
Any young princess or pirate can even enjoy high tea with mini pizzas, peanut butter, and jelly, and a Shirley Temple in place of tea. And for those who can’t get enough, a small gift shop features tea sets and scones to go.
Elizabeth said she and Michael love the charming ambiance and delight of having afternoon tea.
Doors opened on October 10, with the most extensive variety of teas on this side of Lox Road. Now residents can catch a glimpse of the timeless tradition in their own backyard.
Queen’s Tea House is located at 6682 Parkside Drive. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Schedule a reservation at 954-775-0210.
- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She is currently a Senior Account Director at Lon Haber & Co. Fox worked at NBC Miami for eight years after graduating from the University of Miami. She lives in Parkland with her husband, Brian and two children.
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