SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The restaurant at 19 Valley St. that was Ricalton's, then South Mountain Tavern, will soon re-open with a new owner, and a new name: The Fox and Falcon.

David Massoni, a restaurateur and South Orange resident, is the new owner. Massoni is also a partner with Three Kings Restaurant Group, which has multiple restaurants, including Talde, which has locations in Brooklyn and Jersey City.

Massoni told TAPinto SOMA that "cosmetic" renovations are being completed at the Valley Street space, and that he plans for the restaurant, which has been closed since Oct. 14, to re-open in November or early December.

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The Fox and Falcon will be a "casual restaurant and bar... serving seasonal American cuisine by Chef Matt Ruzga," according to their description on Instagram.

The Snug, which is located on the restaurant's lower level and has a separate entrance, will continue on according to an update on The Fox and Falcon's Instagram account which stated: "The Snug will still be called The Snug and an Irish Pub will remain its vibe, but think more Pub in County Cork as apposed to an American version..."

Instagram updates from The Fox and Falcon state that diners can expect "gorgeous salads," "delicious pasta," "perfectly roasted chicken," and for the restaurant to "always have a vegetarian entree on the menu."

As for the name, according to their Instagram, "red foxes and peregrine falcons are 2 of Essex County's predators and we loved the ring of Fox & Falcon."

The Fox and Falcon can be found on Instagram at @thefoxandfalconnj.

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