Food & Drink

July 26, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - Since 2009 when he first introduced legislation that would allow state residents to legally sell cookies and cupcakes they made at home, Sen. Kip Bateman, R-16th has been a vocal advocate for home bakers with an entrepreneurial dream. Earlier this month, his efforts paid ...

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  SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Division Street pedestrian mall in the downtown retail/restaurant district will host several dance troupes Saturday May 22 to celebrate Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage month. The music and cultural performances are hosted by the Downtown Somerville Alliance in ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Flounder Brewery in Hillsborough is one of a dozen microbreweries in the state performing a public service by offering a free beer to any adult 21 and over who receives a COVID-19 vaccination during the month of May. Gov. Phil Murphy announced New Jersey's "Shot and a Beer" program ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Salads bars and buffets are making their return to grocery stores and retail establishments that sell food, as part of the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions by Gov. Phil Murphy. But while these self-service food stations are once again allowed at supermarkets, convenience ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Spring has sprung, with crocus and daffodils popping up through the ground, soon to be joined by umbrellas and tables popping up in front of restaurants throughout the downtown dining and shopping district. All sidewalk cafe licenses issued last year have lapsed; restaurant ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – March Madness is setting in across New Jersey. And no place is going to celebrate Rutgers’ first appearance in the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament since 1991 like New Brunswick. Restaurant and bar owners are getting ready for students, alumni and even a smattering of ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that effective Friday, March 19, restaurants, recreational/amusement facilities, gyms and fitness clubs, barber shops, salons, and other personal care businesses can increase their indoor capacity to 50%. Murphy also upped the non-religious ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - It’s deja vu, in the best way possible, for Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate Dave Hadley, who won a second cooking competition on the Food Network after he took the top prize on "Supermarket Stakeout." The episode, which aired Feb. 9, featured Hadley competing with ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance has canceled this year's free carriage rides down Main Street on Valentine's Day because of predicted inclement weather. The horse-and-carriage ride could hinder emergency vehicles tending to the roadway, with everyone's safety taken into ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Indoor dining capacity at New Jersey restaurants will increase to 35 percent effective Feb. 5, less than two weeks before Valentine's Day, traditionally a high-volume date night for couples. Gov. Phil Murphy announced the eased restrictions for restaurants and other businesses ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Weis Markets, with stores in Randolph, Flanders and Hillsborough, have issued a recall for their Cookies and Cream Ice Cream and Klein's Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream.  Both products may be contaminated with metal parts from filling equipment, according to the Food & Drug ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Roy Freiman, D-16th extending the life of seasonal liquor licenses has been signed by Gov. Phil Murphy. Frieman, a resident of Hillsborough, was joined by Assembly colleagues Yvonne Lopez, Joseph Danielsen and Wayne DeAngelo sponsoring the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Old Man Rafferty’s, a downtown restaurant that has served savory French onion soup and overstuffed reubens to generations of theatergoers, Rutgers students and Johnson & Johnson’s workers, has closed its doors. Owner Mark Jakuboski said the landmark restaurant on Albany ...

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NEW JERSEY — When 10 p.m. hits at Village Brewing Company in downtown Somerville, guests can’t stay inside to finish their beer or order another cocktail due to a COVID-19 restriction, but thanks to outdoor heating, they don’t have to go home. “They have the option to extend the festivities,” ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - With the hospitality industry facing unprecedented hardship in the current economic environment, many restaurants are pleading for new revenue streams just to make their businesses sustainable. With municipalities across New Jersey at risk of seeing their downtowns downtrodden by ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A significant set of COVID-19 rollbacks will take effect in New Jersey starting Thursday in the form of indoor dining curfews and ban on interstate indoor youth sports travel. After weeks of high case figures, Gov. Phil Murphy affirmed Monday that “the second wave is here.” The ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A significant set of COVID-19 rollbacks will take effect in New Jersey starting Thursday in the form of indoor dining curfews and ban on interstate indoor youth sports travel. After weeks of high case figures, Gov. Phil Murphy affirmed Monday that “the second wave is here.” The ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Even as fall weather takes hold and evenings bring on a chill, Gov. Phil Murphy has granted bar and restaurant owners an extension on serving alcohol outdoors. “For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been ...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The opinions expressed, and recommendations offered, are those of the author, Cody Obropta.and not TAPinto Hillsborough. HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Since beginning my pizza blog in 2016, I have dined at over 120 pizzerias in the state of New Jersey. As Hillsborough Restaurant Week ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it. To help promote the township's 3rd annual Restaurant Week, Sept. 29-Oct. 4, Mayor Doug Tomson has been visiting dozens of Hillsborough restaurants the past several months, a good will "tour" that began in June when New Jersey's ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has relaxed his prohibition against indoor dining at restaurants just days after the Hillsborough Township Economic and Business Development Commission and more than 50 township restaurant owners sent a letter to the governor urging him to do so. The letter, ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey’s long-anticipated wait for indoor dining looks to be over and just in time for Labor Day. On Friday after nearly five months, restaurants will once again be able to serve indoors while following coronavirus limits, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday at his press briefing ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - Attilio Guarino, owner of Ava's Kitchen & Bar in Kenilworth, says enough is enough and plans to open for indoor dining on Tuesday, Sept. 8.  Nearly all restaurants, with the exception of those who can open two walls for better ventilation, have been banned from serving food ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - All it took was a few days, two nail guns, hundreds of collated nail strips and thousands of 2x4s and pressure-treated planks to transform the downtown dining experience by installing "parklets" to expand al fresco seating at dozens of popular restaurants beyond the curb and on to ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press conference MOnday reported "enhanced compliance at numerous Jersey Shore outdoor bars and clubs this weekend to ensure proper social distancing among patrons and those waiting to get in" and thanked management and patrons for their ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Dining al fresco in the downtown restaurant district along Main Street is poised to expand beyond the curb and in to the street where cars normally park. The Downtown Somerville Alliance, the non-profit agency that oversees management of the downtown retail and restaurant ...

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