HACKENSACK, NJ – LT Bar & Grill, the latest restaurant created by renowned French chef Laurent Tourondel, will join the dining offerings at The Shops at Riverside next spring.

The restaurant is set to open during the third and final phase of the Shops at Riverside’s multi-million dollar luxury makeover, according to mall owners Simon Property Group, the mall’s owners.

Billed as a “casually elegant New American restaurant,” LT Bar & Grill will feature a sushi bar, along with a menu offering salads, steaks, burgers and cocktails.

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The 15,000 square-foot restaurant will be located in a space previously occupied by The Cheesecake Factory. LT Bar & Grill will span two floors and include a main dining room with seating for 120 patrons and a private event space for up to 200 guests, according to Simon.

Tourondel has created more than a dozen other restaurants, such as BLT Steak, BLT Fish, BLT Prime, BLT Burger, BLT Market, LTBurger in the Harbor and Arlington Club. 

Additionally, Tourondel has opened The Vine, L’Amico, LT Steak & Seafood, The Alley, The Alley Ventanita, Laurent at Café Royal and most recently, Sag Pizza in August 2018. 

Tourondel is also the Executive Chef at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan and he has published three cookbooks.

In October 2007, Bon Appétit magazine named Tourondel “Restaurateur of the Year” and most recently Tourondel was awarded the “Very Best Burger Award” at the 2019 SOBEWFF Burger Bash Event.

“We are delighted to add LT Bar & Grill to our dining offerings here at The Shops at Riverside,” said Melissa Koronakis, Director of Marketing at The Shops at Riverside. “We pride ourselves on providing exceptional restaurant options with upbeat environments.”

Other eateries at the mall include: The Cheesecake Factory, Houston’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Morton’s Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Rosa Mexicano and the Oceanaire Seafood Room.

During the first and second phases of the mall’s multi-year renovation, an AMC Dine-In Theatre was added, and The Cheesecake Factory, as well as Barnes & Noble, were relocated and res-designed.

Riverside’s redevelopment coincides with efforts taking place in downtown Hackensack to transform the central business district into a destination to work, shop and live.

According to Simon, additional dining and shopping options are still to come, along with a concierge lounge, and enhanced valet parking.

The final phase is expected to be complete by the holiday season.