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TBD, January 09, 2012

Behind the counter at the Black Cat

The Black Cat's Food for Thought cafe feeds bands and fans alike every day. The menu's filled with meat, vegetarian, and vegan items, including fresh baked goods by the café's owner. TBD photographer Joshua Yospyn got a backstage look at operations in the kitchen this past weekend. Check here for more of our "anti-Restaurant Week" coverage.

Bobby Ferrando with his son Dante outside the Black Cat. The live music venue opened in 1993 a few doors down (it moved in 2001) and was named after a nightclub run by Dante's great-grandfather in Greenwich Village during pre-Prohibition. In 1973, Bobby, whose own father ran a catering business, opened Food For Thought on Connecticut Avenue. The cafe closed in 1999 but reappeared inside the Black Cat soon after. As Dante explains, "It's my club, but Food For Thought is 100 percent him."'