Expansions on Avenue C: Wayland Adds Kitchen, Yankee Deli Births Market and Pizza Joint

photo(251)Ray Lemoine Jose Collado

A couple of businesses are expanding on Avenue C.

Jose Collado is planning to open Yankee Pizza next to his current operation, Yankee Deli at Avenue C and East 11th Street, as well as a food market across the street. The 40-year-old Mr. Collado, who grew up on 14th Street and also owns Yankee Two Deli along with a couple of others in the neighborhood, said that New York Healthy Choice, in the former Monk Thrift Shop space at 177 Avenue C, would concentrate on fresh greens, meat and seafood as well as the usual canned goods.

Meanwhile, Rob Ceraso, co-owner of The Wayland, said his cocktail bar will expand next-door, into the former home of the Bite Me Best pizza parlor, so that it can add a proper kitchen, six more bar seats, and a handful more table seats. Once gas ovens replace the electric induction ovens that are currently behind the bar, the menu will expand and the bar will also begin opening earlier, at 5 p.m. Mr. Ceraso said he hoped to be able to show off the upgrades next month.