Delinda and Chuck Sanchelli, the owners of Galveston’s Nestle Toll House Café by Chip, first signed their lease six days before Hurricane Ike struck the island on Sept. 13, 2008. Despite this foreboding start, they decided to rise to the challenge of opening their doors in the wake of recovery. Nestle Toll House Café opened one year after Ike ravaged Galveston.
Today, visitors of the Nestle Toll House Café are warmly welcomed with a smile and the scent of freshly baked cookies. The café offers a wide variety of food not often found in niche restaurants. While Nestle is known for their cookies and cookie cakes, visitors to Galveston may be surprised by the varieties of sandwiches, wraps, breakfast items, smoothies and coffee drinks available. They also serve Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream.
The café not only offers specials during the usual holidays, but also during special community events such as ArtWalk and Dickens on The Strand. “It’s important for us as a business to participate in community activities,” says Delinda. Nestle was a sponsor for the Sunshine Kids fundraiser and has supported the Ronald McDonald House charities as well as regularly holding fundraisers for local school and nonprofit organizations.
As shop owners, the Sanchellis can’t say enough about the cooperation of downtown businesses in Galveston. With a small community vibe and network of support, Chuck explains the overall feeling as “the better we do, the better the whole downtown does… we all feel like partners.” The couple also pointed out that downtown Galveston’s speedy recovery and the unique participation of the businesses downtown really inspired them in their own ventures. With the regular tourism to the island and the increase of cruise lines stopping in Galveston, the Sanchellis feel “the potential is here for new businesses.”
Nestle Toll House Café is located at 126 23rd Street, directly across from Saengerfest park. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mitchell Historic Properties oversees Galveston properties owned by George Mitchell and the Mitchell family, including its commercial and residential properties located downtown. For leasing information, visit or call (409) 763-5806.