by Tara Morgan
Piazza di Vino’s red velour and low lights are long gone. The Ninth Street nook is now occupied by a new bar/cafe: The Press. Opened by husband-and-wife duo Melissa and David Schafer on July 2, The Press has a simple, airy cafe vibe.
“What we’d like to portray is that we’re a public house. Basically it’s a place where people can come, relax, have good food, good drinks. Everybody’s welcome,” said Melissa.
Though the Schafers are still undecided on when they’ll have an official grand-opening celebration, they’re currently open for business Monday through Saturday from 4-11 p.m. They have a selection of beers—including Brother David’s Abbey Ale and Franziskaner Weissbier—and wines by the glass and bottle. They also have a small menu featuring a cheese board, bleu cheese-covered kettle chips, a margherita pizza and paninis.
“Where ‘The Press’ derived its name from is the panini press; we’re going to have a lot of panini sandwiches,” said Melissa.
For more information on The Press, visit the restaurant's Facebook page.