All items are packaged to go, although limited seating is available. Delivery service will be added soon, the restaurant’s founders said.
Blackshear, 34, said she joined the venture in part because, “During the pandemic, those who are in my age group have had time to sit and think and reflect on what’s important and what we should be doing with our lives. We know now that life is short. You have to go after what you want and what makes you happy.”
Cafe 1610 will operate out of the market-style space in the northwest portion of the District Provisions building, also known as the Dietz Block building, built in 1886 at Wayne Avenue and Jones Street. The building has housed Crafted & Cured, Grist Provisions and Glasz Bleu Oven. The founders of Cafe 1610 said they signed an initial four-month lease that will help them gauge the community’s interest in supporting a vegan restaurant at the site.
Mong, who has been vegetarian for 52 years and vegan for four years, said, “We’re going to see if all the vegans we know, and their friends, and their friends’ friends, are willing to put their money where their mouths are, and we’ll know that by the end of the four months.”
The "Bionico Fruit Salad" at 1610 Cafe, which is set to open Labor Day weekend at 521 Wayne Ave. in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED
Cafe 1610′s Hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.
For more information, check out the restaurant’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Cafe1610.Dayton, call 937-815-1610 or email email@example.com.
A new vegan restaurant called Cafe 1610 is scheduled to open Labor Day weekend on Wayne Avenue in Dayton. One of its menu items is the Grits Bowl, consisting of bbq soy curls, braised mixed baby greens and carrot bacon atop creamy grits. CONTRIBUTED