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New Café and Juice Shop Coming to Roosevelt Island's Main Street

By Shaye Weaver | August 8, 2016 3:01pm
 A new café and juice shop will open on Roosevelt Island's Main Street next summer.
A new café and juice shop will open on Roosevelt Island's Main Street next summer.
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ROOSEVELT ISLAND — A new Mediterranean-style café and juice bar is on its way to a sleepy stretch of Main Street.

The owners behind two Main Street businesses, Wholesome Factory and Island Wine and Spirits, are planning to open a new cafe in a 2,000-square-foot space at 503 Main St. next summer.

The eatery will serve juices, smoothies, panini and salads made with organic fruits and vegetables, according to its owner. Prices for entrees will range between $10 and $12, according to Jimmy Kim, who owns the cafe with his partner David Nasser.

"A long time ago, David said it would be a good place to open a cafe," Kim said. "A year ago we really started talking about it."

Kim and Nasser signed the lease for the space this month and is expected to open by summer 2017, when the new Cornell Tech campus opens for the first time, bringing thousands of students and faculty to the area, Kim said.

There are currently only a couple of restaurants on Main Street, including a Subway and China 1 Kitchen. The Trellis Diner is still closed.

Other restaurants, like Fuji East, River Walk Bar & Grill, Nonno's Focacceria and Starbucks are all near the southern end of the island.

Hudson Related, which manages the state-owned properties along Main Street, is actively looking for tenants to fill empty storefronts through broker Cushman & Wakefield, including 507, 521, 544, 548, 563 and 615 Main St., Alexandra Kaplan, a spokeswoman for Hudson said.

The Roosevelt Islander blog first reported the leasing of the cafe.