I saw Bella in front of The Connection Cafe, in Bradenton. She is a 10% owner. The restaurant is only ½ block off of Main Street; it has low rent, but the location is lousy. Bella was totally running the restaurant that day; she was the waitress, cook, bus person, etc. Her father was Cuban, and being half Cuban, she makes good Cuban food. I had a Cuban sandwich, and it had the flat, crisp panini that is the hallmark of excellence.
Bella graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1991. She lives in the Bradenton art district, and loves painting and illustration. Her art presence is Bella and the Beasts – she loves painting animals. There was one illustration in the restaurant. I thought that it was a painting, but she explained that it was an illustration, composed on 300 lb. Rag paper.
In the past, Bella has also photographed, using Nikon, Yashica, and Leica cameras.