PARAMUS- Thomas Ciszak, Chef and Partner of Chakra, announced that the restaurant closed and served its last dinner on Aug. 31.
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," said Chef Ciszak.
"I also thank all our guests for their loyal patronage over the years. With so many great choices, I'm honored they consistently choose Chakra as their dining destination."
Chakra took its last reservations through this past Sat., and guests dined for one last celebration of the Chakra experience.
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 St., Closter.
In other news, the very busy Chef Ciszak also continues his role as Vice President of Food and Beverage for Island Hospitality Management, through which he oversees Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar in Morristown, among other properties. Blue Morel, which underwent a major redesign this spring, recently introduced new weekend dining opportunities, which are already becoming popular: the $49 prix-fixe Foodie Friday four-course tasting menu; Saturday Tableside Preparation of classic dishes like Dover Sole; and Sunday Family Supper, with half-price oysters and more.
European trained Chef, Owner, Restaurateur Thomas Ciszak is widely respected for his conception and execution at Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar, located in The Westin Governor Morris in Morristown; the recently opened Toasted Barrel in Savannah, Georgia, a fun bourbon and grilled cheese concept; Flatiron Tapas Bar in Boston, Ma and other properties in his capacity as Vice President of Food and Beverage for Island Hospitality Management.
As owner of TC Culinary Solutions, Ciszak also heads his own full-service restaurant and consulting company.
Born in Germany, Chef Ciszak trained at the Culinary Institute of Recklinghausen, the Technical College for Food Services in Datteln, and Jammertal, before working in two of Germany’s top restaurants: The Residence, a Michelin two-star restaurant, and Benedikt, rated one of the best Euro-Asian restaurants in Europe.
In the US, Chef Ciszak was Executive Chef at New York’s famed Tavern on the Green and Shelly Fireman’s – Shelly’s New York.
Chef Ciszak is professionally active internationally in Europe, India, Asia and the USA. He lives in Bloomingdale, NJ with his wife Evelyn and their children.