The Rosendale Cafe is located down the road from the Widow Jane Cement
Cave, the cement mine that supplied strength for the Brooklyn Bridge, the
base of the Washington Monument, and more. This might give you an idea of the
independent characters who live in this crook of the valley.
Once a post office, a market, a liquor store, and home to the town historian,
the Cafe is situated between the Rondout Creek and Old Delaware & Hudson
Canal. The Cafe sits at the foot of Joppenburgh Mountain, named after one
of the early Rosendale settlers. Joppenburgh is a magic green mound,
and casts a shadow over the mysterious Iron Mountain, just a few hundred feet
east of the great train trestle.
The mountain, trestle, and winding Rondout suggest a landscape/Haiku, three integral forms that
speak of sense of place, an irresistible something...
The Rosendale Cafe is
widely known for its musical offerings. The press has recognized the Cafe
as: "Ulster County's answer to the Knitting Factory," and "...this tiny
space has evolved to the most hollowed, non-classical space in the
valley...," "Hot music scene at Rosendale Cafe." The Cafe consistently
presents some of the best local, national, and international musicians
and performance artists available on the circuit. It is an intimate
setting that some performers refer to as a "living room."
The Cafe serves
a menu of vegetarian staples and weekly specials, such as, Cuban Mojo
Seitan, Indonesian Tempeh & Veggies, Schezwan Tofu & Veggies, Chickpea
Coconut Curry, to name a few. The combination of delicious food, music,
and the overall "vibe" (you have to ask someone whose been there) has
made the Cafe a community gathering space, a regular stopover for
weekenders and tourists, and a destination for those who prefer a smoke
free environment. It's a place you walk out from under the stars after a
delicious meal and some very happening, inspiring, maybe challenging
music. The physical location accounts for some of the vibrant feeling,
and the people account for the rest.