SPRINGFIELD, NJ — With little more than a set of open doors, and a cry of welcome to Moe's, the newest chain restaurant in town opened its door for service yesterday morning.

Just in time for the lunch rush too.

Situated in the Krispy Kreme plaza on the Springfield side of Route 22, the combo restaurant, which includes both a Moe's Southwest Grill and a Carvel Ice Cream shop is set to provide another option to drivers on the road.

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According to Owner Karl Halligan, who also owns the Krispy Kreme and the soon-to-open wood-fired pizza joint next door, the plaza space is perfect for the expansion of his business, and the brands he has brought in fit the bill for said space.

"Carvel is a fantastic northeast ice cream, well in demand and Moe's, there just isn't one in this location," Halligan said. "And given that we are really a food port, we wanted to bring that sort of price point to the audience here, that are very familiar with that sort of 10-11 dollar price point per item.

"But it's a terrific menu, Moe's is a great brand...so in this plaza, you're going to get the best wood-burning pizza with the fresh ingredients of Moe's with Carvel Ice Cream, and obviously don't forget the Krispy Kreme around the corner."

As Halligan noted, the SkyZone trampoline park, which sits behind his restaurants will be something of a commerce driver, along with the aforementioned Krispy Kreme.

He said that for parents who may be taking their kids to the trampoline park, the restaurants are a much better option than heading back out onto Route 22, making a u-turn and battling back through traffic for a meal elsewhere. In that frame of thought, he settled on opening Moe's and a few other businesses to nicely compliment his primary donut shop.

Further down the chain of command, store managers Nery Rosado and Joanne Encarnacion were both excited to get to work. Rosado is one of the managers for Moe's, while Encarnacion manages Carvel and also at Krispy Creme.

Both said they were excited to be finally open, and ready to slot into the greater Springfield business community.

Moe's Southwest Grill is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. No hours were available online yet for the Carvel shop, but should be similar to Moe's. For more information, head to the Moe's website at the following link: https://www.moes.com/find-a-moes/new_jersey/springfield/102407