Thursday, January 12, 2023

5C Cultural Center reopens with coffee service from the Roost

Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy 

There's a new familiar tenant on the SE corner of Avenue C and Fifth Street inside the 5C Cultural Center.
East Village resident Vito DiTomaso, who operates the Roost, the 9-year-old cafe and cocktail lounge at 222 Avenue B between 13th Street and 14th Street, has just debuted a coffee service here to help the 501(c)(3) Cultural Center revamp its business.
DiTomaso has brought in new coffee equipment, painted and refreshed the space, and is creating a series of new menus. The plan is to serve coffee during the day, currently from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and soon offer beer, wine and cider in the evenings, along with community programming, live music and events that honor the Cultural Center. 
He is currently training staff and hoping to eventually branch out to food — with to-go plates for lunch and lasagnas, Italian dishes, and Spanish food favorites for dinner.
Meanwhile, longtime 5C Cultural Center proprietor Trudy Silver (above right) will continue with music and other live events on select dates, including an afternoon of programming for MLK Day on Monday. (See this link.)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent. That part of C has been a coffee desert, and the Roost is awesome.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I live around the corner from the Roost and it’s been a great neighborhood asset. This sounds like a continuation of their community spirit.

Anonymous said...

Super excited for this! Vito is great!

bruce said...

Wonderful! Vito is a great guy and the Roost is a fantastic place…getting more of both and helping 5C is amazing!

Anonymous said...

<3

Anonymous said...

Feliciddades ! Icant wait to stop by for somethin, looking forward to see what theyv got !

Neighbor said...

The Roost is fantastic! Excited to have a quasi-outposts further south/east

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! All the best!! Bravo!!!

Anonymous said...

#CommUnity

Jared said...

Trudy is good people.

Patrick Rogers said...

I mean, COME ON! Who is better for the East Village than Vito? One word: righteous.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Vito!

Anonymous said...

The Roost is a gem and Vito is the King of the EV! ❤️

teagan said...

Thank you so much for doing this!! much luv!!