PARAMUS, NJ - Chakra, the restaurant, served its last dinner on Aug. 31 according to Thomas Ciszak, Chef and partner.
For 15 years and under Chef Ciszak's direction since 2010, Chakra has been a soaring, sexy destination for groundbreaking cocktails, sushi and his trademark eclectic modern American cuisine.
"With a heavy heart, I thank my Chakra team members for many years of dedication to great food and genuine hospitality. Chakra couldn't have been as successful without them," Ciszak said.
"I also thank all our guests for their loyal patronage over the years. With so many great choices, I'm honored they consistently chose Chakra as their dining destination."
Chakra continued taking reservations through Saturday, and guests were invited for one last celebration of the Chakra experience.
This fall, Chef Ciszak's next project is the launch of Brasserie Mémère, in the Closter Plaza shopping center. His wife Evelyn Ciszak and Michael Chin, partner, will run the daily operations there.
Mémère will feature real-deal, well-priced everyday French fare, along with cocktails, beer and wine. The Ciszaks want to make this classic, rustic cuisine more accessible by delivering a simple, authentic dining experience. French for "granny," Mémère is named in honor of Chef Ciszak's grandmother, who first inspired him to cook.
"This exciting project has been months in the making, and we have an excellent team in place to bring it to fruition," he noted.
Brasserie Mémère is slated to open in October at 107 Vervalen Street.