May 10, 2018 By Tara Law
A Forest Hills café that serves salads, sandwiches and coffee plans to open a new eatery in Kew Gardens.
Roast & Co, which is currently located at 100-12 Queens Blvd., will open another café in late May or early June. The new location will be at 82-60 Austin St., across the street from the Long Island Railroad Station in the storefront formerly occupied by Expresso Cafe.
The eatery’s menu will feature the same items as at the original Roast & Co, including soups, smoothies, panini and pastries, although the new location will not offer rotisserie chickens.
Roast & Co is owned by Sami Toujani of Forest Hills and Hichem Ammous of Ridgewood.
Toujani said today that he and Ammous had decided to found the first restaurant, which opened in April 2016, after noticing a lack of healthy, quick food options in the neighborhood.
Now that the Forest Hills location has taken off, the pair decided to expand to Kew Gardens, where many of their customers live.
Ammous said that he thinks that the high quality of the food and the comfortable atmosphere will draw new clientele to the new location.
“The place is cozy,” Ammous said. “It’s a good place to sit and drink coffee and relax.”
The shop will be about 800 square feet— 150 square feet larger than the current location— and offer at least 20 seats.
Catering and online orders will also be available.
The Austin Street location will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
I just hope that, unlike the two previous occupiers of this space, the new owners figure out how to move a line during the morning rush. In both incarnations here, I have given up on getting coffee to catch the train, as it would take up to five minutes to serve two customers (no exaggeration, I have had to give up when there were TWO people on line ahead of me).