Food & Drink

July 31, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Mexican restaurant QDOBA at 70 Elm St. in Downtown Westfield re-opened for lunch Tuesday after it was closed two weeks for renovations. It celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Shelley Brindle, the Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — Farinolio, a Tuscan bakery-café in Downtown Westfield, opened for the first time Tuesday for lunch. Located at 121 East Broad St. where Let’s YO! once was, the shop offers breakfast items (such as croissants in flavors including chocolate and ham-and-cheese), lunch (including flat ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Boxwood Coffee is officially open in Downtown Westfield. The coffee shop and café, at 143 East Broad St. where Panera was, hosted a friends and family event on Wednesday evening to celebrate what owner Stephen Bellamy is calling a “slow open.” “We are planning to phase in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza threw a lunch party Friday afternoon for the Westfield Department of Public Works at the DPW building on North Avenue. Guests of honor numbered close to 40 DPW employees. And while Friday afternoon was a pleasant, balmy sunny day in town, Outta Hand Pizza ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Addams Tavern, which is undergoing court-ordered renovations, may re-open in September, according to Chip Grabowski, CEO of Harvest Restaurant Group. The restaurant at 115 Elm St. has been closed since December. Recently, firefighters extinguished a minor fire on one of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Vine Ripe Markets at 430 North Ave. East hosted about 50 members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce for a happy hour networking event Wednesday evening. Attendees sampled items from the independent grocery store’s catering department, freshly made mozzarella and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —  Zeni Nimani has made over an estimated 250,000 pies, according to Outta Hand Pizza owner, Burim Regjaj. “He’s in the best shape of his life. It must be the pizza making,” Regjaj said. The easy-going yet animated Zeni joined Regjaj and his family-owned restaurants back in 1992 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Ambeli Greek Taverna opened the doors to its new location in downtown Westfield last month. The restaurant expanded from its original spot in Cranford, which has been open for nearly three years. According to owner Christos Zavolas, it was not his idea to open a second ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Farmer’s Market kicked off its 2018 season in a new location on Saturday morning. The market moved from the South Avenue side of the Westfield train station to the North Avenue side to create more access to central downtown, according to market manager Chris ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Vine Ripe Markets, an independent grocery store on North Avenue in Westfield, is not your typical supermarket. For owner Frank Bruno, the son of a cop and a teacher, it’s a dream come true.  “It was a life-long dream,” Bruno said. “I envisioned the American dream as being a small ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Rock ‘n’ Joe on Prospect Street will reopen on Friday, less than two weeks after a small electrical fire damaged the interior of the business. In celebration, the store will receive a plaque from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, according to owner Lincoln Chaudry.

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WESTFIELD, NJ — 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Downtown Westfield will host a fundraiser this weekend benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Jersey. The event is organized by Ivy Charmatz, a Westfield native. “As a candidate for LLS’s Woman of the Year campaign, I am ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield. More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza celebrated its grand opening at 311 South Ave. West Friday. The restaurant is celebrating by offering customers a 20 percent discount on orders all weekend long. Outta Hand offers a variety of Italian specialties to eat in, take out or have delivered, including ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — This Sunday, from noon until 4 p.m., head to The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield to taste sandwiches from some of the area’s best-loved restaurants and vote for your favorites. Proceeds from the event will go to Greta’s Run (benefiting people with special needs) and A ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Carlo’s Bake Shop, known from the TLC network show “Cake Boss,” closed its E. Broad Street storefront this week. Passerby on the street noticed on Tuesday that the store was closed. A sign in the window reads that the bakery is relocating, but a new location was not ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Savory Spice Shop in Westfield and Chef Christine Migton of Chez Catherine will team up on Monday, April 16, from 7 p.m.  to 9 p.m. for a night of food, wine and giving. The event will benefit the John M. Migton Foundation's Boxwood Junction, an organization striving to provide an ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Several Westfield residents chipped in to buy gourmet meals for on-duty members of the Westfield Police Department, Westfield Fire Department and Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad Easter Sunday. Leg of lamb, stuffed veal roast, baked ziti and salad were made for the first ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Buona Pizza took home first place Sunday at the Westfield Area YMCA’s third annual Pizza Palooza Sunday, when 300 people tasted and voted on their favorite slices from  participating Westfield, Garwood and Mountainside businesses. Roma Pizza came in second place, just two votes ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area YMCA will host its third annual Pizza Palooza on Sunday, March 4, from noon until 1:30 p.m in the gym of its main facility at 220 Clark Street.  Participants can taste their way through participating Westfield, Garwood and Mountainside pizzerias and vote for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 20 restaurants downtown are preparing for Dine Out Westfield, planned for  Sunday, Feb. 25  to Thursday, March 8, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation. The annual two-week culinary event celebrates local dining with special prix fixe menus at affordable ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —  Gene Jannotti, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, brought the GWACC’s hopes to the town council Tuesday that they would allow a beer garden and expanded kids zone at their upcoming Spring Fling and FestiFall street fairs downtown. The annual ...

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CRANFORD/FLORHAM PARK, NJ — For over 50 years, the Ajello family has filled Pastosa’s creamy ravioli and their customer’s bellies with the finest ingredients. Whether grabbling a handcrafted specialty sandwich for lunch, a dinner to go or placing a catering order, Pastosa stands ready to serve up ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Nick’s Pizza, located at 311 South Ave. West, recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsy, members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation. Located across from the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order. Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Spice Bazaar opened recently at 114 Quimby St., bringing a unique North Indian dining experience to Downtown Westfield. Owners Kanika Vij and Simran Bakshi aim to celebrate Indian cuisine through the combination of traditional dishes and modern dining ideas. They expressed their ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — New restaurant 1958 Cuban Cuisine is officially open for lunch and dinner. Located at 301 South Ave, on the corner of South Ave and Boulevard, the restaurant offers authentic Cuban cuisine including Ropa Vieja and Churrasco a la Cubana. According to the restaurant’s Cuban owner, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — No one left last week’s town council meeting hungry after Asad Hussain, owner of Duke’s Delhi on South Avenue across from the train station, one of the night’s featured businesses, served trays of his signature dishes chana chaat, chicken shawarma and tandoori chicken. “Dukes’ ...

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Keller Williams Realty in Westfield hosted a “Bring the Heat and the Sweet” chili cook off and dessert bake off Thursday night. Organized by Susan Massa of Keller Williams Westfield, secret judges chose from nine chili entrees and eight desserts. Judges picked Bobbi Anderson’s MREA (My Really ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its 28th annual FestiFall in Downtown Westfield Sunday. The popular street fair and its springtime counterpart, Spring Fling (also a GWACC event) are always rain or shine, and this Sunday there was plenty of shine as temperatures ...

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