The Village Voice
Fernando Peña had been working in restaurants since his early 20s, but when he saw a “For Rent” sign in a vacant shop on the corner of Crescent Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, he knew he wanted to build a restaurant of his own. He began envisioning Fatty’s Cafe (45-17 28th Avenue, Queens).
When Sija and Husko Celic opened the doors of their new coffee shop three months ago, they did so with a simple goal in mind: To caffeinate Astorians via a neighborhood-oriented, traditional American coffee house. Caffino (29-18 Crescent Street, Astoria, 917-832-6961) is their first business together, but neither of them is new to the service field. “I’ve always worked in hair salons, restaurants, and I’ve done all types of hospitality jobs my whole life,” said Sija, who still splits her time between Caffino and her sister’s hair salon in the West Village.