SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Mountain Tavern posted a farewell message to their Facebook account on Tuesday, and a welcome to new owner, David Massoni.
South Mountain Tavern, which was previously Ricalton's, was sold to Massoni, a local South Orange resident and restaurateur, whose new restaurant The Fox and Falcon is currently open in "preview mode," according to their Instagram account.
The South Mountain Tavern's Facebook post is as follows:
After almost five years it's time to for The South Mountain Tavern and The Snug @ SMT to say goodbye to all of you wonderful people of the South Orange- Maplewood area. We've had our ups and downs but we always worked hard and felt we had the support of these great towns. We have sold our business to a very talented restaurateur David Massoni, and he is creating a spectacular dining experience at The Fox and Falcon! Make sure to stop in and check out David and his beautiful new restaurant at 19 Valley St. South Orange, NJ. Thank you, Tom Mclaughlin!
Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance, thanked South Mountain Tavern in a comment to their post, writing, "Tom - thank YOU for investing in South Orange and for everything you've done for our town. Please don't be a stranger!"
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.