CRANFORD, NJ — Pairings Palate + Plate announced on social media that the restaurant has permanently closed due to hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have been blessed to have spent the last 10 years as a part of the Cranford community where our family of friends has ever increased and become more closely intertwined,” read the Instagram post by the upscale restaurant in Downtown Cranford. 

“We have been honored to serve in the company of chefs, cooks, servers and workers whose integrity and skill have been on display every day in their dedication and duty. We have been honored to know you all and be a part of your daily dining and family celebrations and nothing would make us happier than to keep doing so; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is untenable for us to continue. It is with heavy hearts that we have to cease all operations at Pairings at this time. We hope only the best for you all, a healthy and happy tomorrow.” 

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Pairings was located at 10 Walnut Avenue and prided itself as a family-owned and operated BYOB restaurant that brought together globally inspired cooking, local and sustainable practices and the comfort of Grandma's recipes.

Deputy Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty, who at the time Pairings opened was Cranford's DMC director and helped cut the grand opening ribbon, weighed in on the news of the closing.

“The news that Pairings is closing saddens me greatly,” said Prunty in a Facebook post. “Within five minutes of meeting Carol and Vincent ten years ago, I knew their business would be a very important addition to downtown Cranford as we were establishing ourselves as a 'food destination' and a terrific downtown. Working with them to open the restaurant was an honor. Pairings helped to put downtown Cranford on the map. And, if that wasn’t enough, Carol and Vincent were the most thoughtful, generous, humble members of our business community. They supported Cranford, even in these last few months when COVID-19 was taking a toll on their own business. They understood, and loved, being part of the Cranford community and the larger human community to which we all belong. Carol and Vincent, you are a class act and we will greatly miss you. Be well.”

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