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
Excellent. That part of C has been a coffee desert, and the Roost is awesome.
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.
Super excited for this! Vito is great!
Wonderful! Vito is a great guy and the Roost is a fantastic place…getting more of both and helping 5C is amazing!
Feliciddades ! Icant wait to stop by for somethin, looking forward to see what theyv got !
The Roost is fantastic! Excited to have a quasi-outposts further south/east
Fabulous! All the best!! Bravo!!!
Trudy is good people.
I mean, COME ON! Who is better for the East Village than Vito? One word: righteous.
The Roost is a gem and Vito is the King of the EV! ❤️
Thank you so much for doing this!! much luv!!
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