who we are
AGAVA in East Ithaca, NY features a Southwest-inspired decor, the cornerstone of which is a series of stunning murals created by Bill Benson, a local artist. It's located in the former East Ithaca Train Station, and when you visit, you'll enjoy the historic photographs of trains of bygone days as you await your meal.
Featuring a wood-fired oven for sensational flatbreads; seasonal menu cooked from scratch; only the freshest farm-to-table ingredients; and a warm, fun, community-minded atmosphere for whomever walks through the doors.
The mission of AGAVA is to create a fun and inviting destination centered on excellent seasonal cuisine, entertainment, and community. We take pride in service, we believe people matter, we do the right thing, and we love food.
We believe that our business has a responsibility towards the well-being of our customers, the sustainability of our environment, and the prosperity of our regional community.
The building AGAVA resides in was known as the East Ithaca Railroad Depot, built as part of Ezra’s investment in 1876. The Depot was a stop on the Utica, Ithaca & Elmira Railway Line. Ezra wanted a station as close to campus as possible to make travel to this remote campus easy on faculty, and students. The original location was down the street at the current Coal Café and Coal Apartments on Maple Avenue.
AGAVA opened in April of 2012 at the hands of owner Gregar Brous, Executive Chef Andre Jacquet, and a small group of long-standing Ithaca community partners.
We have built the AGAVA concept around great local ingredients and a great staff. One of the central design and functional elements is a wood-fired oven with an eating bar in the main dining space, serving up flatbreads and a range of other fire-roasted cuisine. Our bar is a destination of its own: from the tequila flights & signature cocktails to a physical space you have to see for yourself.
We feature one of the most unique interior spaces in the central NY region, drawing from both southwestern design elements like “latillas” and a desert mural painted by local artist Bill Benson. At the same time the owners made a concerted effort to incorporate local and historical elements into the plan. Being the former home of the East Ithaca Train Depot, the restaurant has a wall devoted to black and white photos of the station and rail line as well as period maps referencing the original home of the building.