Maplewood Village is booming with new restaurants opened this past week or on the way.
The space at 188 Maplewood Avenue, which saw failed eatery attempts from Village Burger and The Belmont, may have hit it right with Sprout, a fun salad and wrap-based spot that boasts fresh foods and great service.
Down the street, the long-awaited night food outlet inside the former Maplewood Village Post Office space, The Clarus, quietly began serving up farm-to-table dishes last week. The Cassidy, which is run by locals Tom and Jennifer Carlin, offered a soft opening on Wednesday night.
And finally, Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca last week spilled the news that the former Highland Place restaurant space, which has been empty for several years and had one failed attempt at re-opening, is poised for a new operator. Humberto Campos, owner of Lorena’s, plans to take over and bring the space back to life as Altopiano.
In a related move, Arturo’s became the first Village eating spot to construct the newly allowed enclosed sidewalk café structures for cold weather dining outside. The Township Committee approved such structures in a new ordinance adopted last January.
In another matter, DeLuca announced at the last Township Committee meeting that starting on Dec. 4, new traffic patterns will be implemented at Tuscan School. They will be in place “roughly between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.and in the afternoon” and will bar vehicles from entering Harvard Avenue from Valley Street during those times.
He added that similar restrictions will block vehicles from driving on Burnet Street and Maple Avenue around Maplewood Middle School during similar times.
And, finally, the Dickens Village schedule is out and the mini-shops and holiday cottages are already in place at Ricalton Square.
The fun will begin Saturday, Dec. 2 with, of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus led by the Maplewood Fire Department. See the entire three-week schedule of events HERE.