SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – With over 15 years of restaurant experience, a Central New York native decided it was time to capitalize on new business developments just blocks away from Syracuse University.
Eva Essi, owner of Toasted, has always had her mind set on opening up her own business. When a vacant spot opened on East Fayette street, Essi knew this was her chance to offer her Lebanese background into a coffee shop.
“I’ve been wanting something in this part of Fayette where its coming back alive,” said Essi. “We have a pool table, we sell beer, we sell wine, you watch our 70 inch big screen and catch a game. We have amazing local artists on our wall and we sell pottery for gift ideas.”
From homemade cheesecakes to Recess Coffee, Essi prides herself with provides products from scratch and highlighting local purveyors.
Essi believes it’s her heritage and family background that sets her apart from other coffee shops.
“We kinda are a little mix of everything. I’m middle eastern so I carry my moms homemade yogurt which is called Lebanin and we put that on a bagel with dried mint from our garden and fresh olive oil,” said Essi. “It’s nothing like you’ve had from anywhere around here.”
Offering a quiet lounge area and a variety of food and desserts, Toasted is here to serve the Syracuse community.