5th Street Cafe offers quality food, promotes community service

EAST LIVERPOOL – A new downtown eatery is offering not only a full breakfast and lunch menu that features some unusual fare but its owners hope to promote community service.

The 5th Street Cafe, 206, East Fifth Street, opened July 9 under owners Anita and Ron Roach.

Although the couple’s first business venture, each has experience in the restaurant trade, Ron as a cook for 20 years in both this area and Youngstown and Anita as a waitress for the past six years in the local area.

Ron was the cook for three years at Zatta’s on Washington Street, and Anita said they had planned on trying to open a restaurant at their current location four years ago, but the former owner was uncertain whether he wanted to sell.

Then eight months ago, the former owner contacted the Roaches, saying he was ready to let the business go, and the couple jumped at the chance.

“It’s always been Ron’s dream to own his own place,” Anita said.

The goal at 5th Street Cafe is to provide quick, affordable meals with quality food, and the Roaches said they believe in supporting the community. Already, a school supply giveaway was sponsored by the couple, with items distributed from the restaurant Monday.

During October, they plan on asking people to drop off costumes that can be given to children who might otherwise not have one.

The menu includes a full range of breakfast items, such as a belly-busting platter of two eggs, meat, potatoes, toast and beverage for $6.25.

Salads range from strawberry-walnut to a regular house salad, and the Roaches pride themselves on their vegetarian selection that includes such dishes as grilled zucchini sandwiches, eggplant sandwiches and a tomato basil sandwich. All the vegetables served at the restaurant are purchased locally.

The regular sandwich menu includes paninis and a Cuban sandwich not often found in these parts.

Daily specials are offered, and Tuesday is always Taco Tuesday, featuring a taco, refried beans and Spanish rice for $2, with each additional taco just $1.

Ron’s mother, Mary, does all the baking for the restaurant. His father, the late Ron Roach, was a city police officer.

Open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., the cafe is currently the only downtown restaurant that offers delivery service, according to the owners, who also offer take-out meals.

Police, fire and EMTs are given free drinks with their meals, and on Monday, military personnel’s meals are half-price. On Friday, all customers are treated to one free cup of coffee.

Anita said they may extend their hours to include dinner in the future.

The restaurant can be reached at 330-932-0084, and its Facebook page can be accessed at Facebook.com/5thStCafe.