LIVINGSTON, NJ – The owners of Westwood’s popular Mezza Mediterranean restaurant officially opened their second location at The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle, 277 Eisenhower Parkway, with a celebratory ribbon cutting hosted by the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and members of the township council.
Deputy Mayor Al Anthony stood with owners Vincent Leone and Yarden Levinson as they snipped the ribbon marking the grand opening of the BYOB dining space, featuring Mediterranean and American cuisine available for lunch and dinner.
“Livingston was ideal for us in terms of demographics, and although there is a lot of new business development in the area, we didn’t see much in the way of competition,” said Leone. “We have worked well together as partners over the last five years and know what has and hasn’t worked in the past. We made sure to hit all of the key checkpoints before choosing this location.”
The two owners noted that the shopping center, which is managed and developed by Eastman Companies and is situated at the intersection of Route 10 and Eisenhower Parkway, was an ideal choice because it is “an up-and-coming area,” with neighboring businesses like The Container Store, Shake Shack and Starbucks generating a lot of traffic.
“We also love the healthy lifestyle vibe that Eastman Companies is creating with tenants like Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Club Pilates and CycleBar,” said Leone. “Eastman is an excellent company and their team has been ready to lend a helping hand whenever we’ve needed it.”
According to Eastman Companies, Mezza received a head-to-toe makeover that included a new top-of-the-line kitchen, imported Spanish floor tiles, Moroccan decor and sleek, modern furnishings to create “a spacious, casual ambiance where customers can enjoy a good meal and relax with family, friends or business associates.”
The menu features what the owners describe as “authentic Mediterranean with a modern touch,” with an emphasis on sourcing the freshest possible ingredients available year-round. The unique spices and flavors come from a consulting chef that the owners have been working with for nearly four years who has an Israeli and Moroccan background.
Leone also expressed his and Levinson’s desire to “make people happy” by replicating the customer experience of that in their Westwood location in terms of food quality, artistic presentation and attentive service. According to Leone, Eastman Companies’ confidence in their success was one of the decision-makers in choosing Livingston for their expansion.
“Mezza Mediterranean’s ownership team had a proven concept and built a loyal following in Westwood,” said Peter Schofel, managing partner of Eastman Companies. “The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle provided the perfect opportunity to enter a thriving market in a desirable and accessible location. We are confident the restaurant will be an exciting addition to the local dining scene and continue to build its reputation for inventive food and exceptional service.”
The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner hours are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are available via phone at 973-992-9300 or online at https://mezzalivingston.com.
Pictured above are: (Back L-R) Rafi Cohen, partner, Mezza; Yarden Levinson, owner, Mezza; Joseph Leone; Vincent Leone, owner, Mezza; Pete Schofel, Eastman Companies (Front L-R) Mahesh Lekkala, Wine Legend; Bea Chaiklin, LACC; Ira Drucks, LACC; JoAnn Leone; Al Anthony, deputy mayor; Rudy Fernandez, councilman; and Punam Bhargava, LACC.