Daily Grind

Wake Up and Smell the High-Quality, Single-Source, Small-Farm Coffee

Just as the season turned to sweater weather, the second location of Roost Kitchen + Coffee (roostct.com) opened in the new Stamford Urby (the impossible-to-miss apartment building at the corner of Greyrock Place and Tresser Boulevard). The café serves fresh-made, seasonal food featuring locally sourced ingredients and equally important (and more so for some) locally roasted artisan coffee from Kestrel Coffee Roasters. In a hurry? A two-ounce espresso will help you pick up the pace and make your morning train on time. Simply need to warm up your hands and soak in the moment? The Chia Latte is a sweeter choice that might have you wishing for a few flurries and a bit of chill indie music.

Mike Pietrafeso, owner and award-winning chef, and his crew are on hand to start your day with made-to-order breakfast, including toasts, oats and smoothies. Consider Salmon Toast with smoked salmon, whipped dill cream cheese, shaved red onion, cucumber, radish, watercress and soft-boiled egg on rye toast. Or maybe after your morning workout you’re feeling parched? How about a Power Green smoothie with kale, romaine, apple, banana, celery, lemon and coconut water. If it’s a late start, say noon-ish, try a tummy-filling rare roast beef sandwich with cheddar cheese, roasted garlic aioli, pickled peppers, shaved onion and watercress on a chewy ciabatta. If the day gets away from you, and the sun is setting, drop in with friends to enjoy small plates along with a glass of wine or beer. Stay and enjoy your food and drink at Roost or grab-n-go.

The original Roost is located in Darien, and its sister store, Ada’s Kitchen + Coffee, is in Greenwich. Both are equally appealing spaces with tasty food and refreshments. In short, they are nice bookends for the new place, and it’s about time Pietrafeso brought his talents to the heart of Stamford. The born-and-raised Greenwich chef graduated from The French Culinary Institute in 2006 and has racked up more than twenty years of restaurant, catering and private chef experience. “The support of the local community and our customers has been incredible these last few years,” he noted. “It is an exciting time to be part of the downtown Stamford community and to join the number of locally owned businesses in the area.” 

You’ll find Roost inside Urby, making it a welcoming place for the community. “Roost has a loyal following in Connecticut, and we’re excited to bring this concept to Stamford,” noted David Barry, president and CEO of Urby. “The addition of Roost Kitchen + Coffee reflects our commitment to building the larger community between our residents and the neighborhood by creating a brilliant café in our lobby for all to enjoy.”

If you are looking for a place to meet up for coffee, here’s a cool and comfortable spot to make your go-to roost.

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Diane Sembrot

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