Food & Drink

December 13, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – After a court-mandated closure that lasted about a year, the popular restaurant and bar Addams Tavern has reopened. A state court had ordered the restaurant shut over safety violations, but on Dec. 3 ruled that those violations were no longer to the extent that the establishment ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular restaurant in the downtown that has been closed for about a year is preparing to reopen with a new menu and staff. Denise Telerico, a manager at Addams Tavern, said on Monday the establishment is tentatively anticipated to open Friday but has some preparations to make ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen. The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday. “There appear to be remaining ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A bison burger on a sprouted bun with aged cheddar and turkey bacon is one of many combinations that may be available at an upscale hamburger franchise anticipated to open in the downtown this spring. Diners will also have the option of imbibing in an adult beverage at the new ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ — If you haven't heard of Ava’s Kitchen & Bar yet, you will. Attilio Guarino purchased the former Umberto's Clam Bar location in 2017 and transformed what was a dated dive bar into one of New Jersey's most eye-popping gastropubs.  Around the corner just off the Boulevard in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Some 14 veterans turned out at a pizza shop on South Avenue Wednesday night for a quiet dinner provided on the house. Outta Hand Pizza teamed up with the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 in Westfield and community members who donated to the “Pre-Pay A Meal for a Veteran” ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – About 280 people turned out for a fashion show at Lord & Taylor Thursday evening, funds raised from which will benefit local community programs, organizers said. The third annual “Small Plates for a Great Cause” featured food from 25 local eateries and had Westfield High ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A microbrewery with rooftop seating may soon be allowed in the downtown, under proposed local laws. Regulations introduced by the Town Council Tuesday will allow for the commercial rooftops to be used for dining in the downtown’s central business district. The new law, which ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Getting into the beer garden at AddamsFest has become akin to securing a ticket to the Broadway show “Hamilton.” At least that’s the drama that played out on the festival organizers’ Facebook page Thursday night as a limited batch of tickets to the festival’s beer garden were ...

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CRANFORD, NJ – Emma’s Brick Oven in the heart of downtown Cranford is celebrating its one year anniversary under the management and ownership of Victor Biancamano and Andrew Galli. “It’s been a great year; we have introduced new items to the menus, renovated the space and worked to create an ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Disappointed that you couldn’t get tickets for Charlie’s Ale Garden during AddamsFest? Despite a “sold out” image on the Beer Garden page on AddamsFest.com, organizers said that more tickets will become available for purchase later this week. “As we said, we can only pre-sell as ...

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WHAT: Fresh mozzarella cheese making classes (pre-registration required) WHEN: Mondays at 7 p.m. WHERE: Vine Ripe Markets, 430 North Avenue E., Westfield, N.J. WEBSITE: www.vineripemarkets.com/classes BOOKING: Call 908-233-2424 to reserve a space SEASON SPECIAL: Running until Dec. 29, Vine ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – One might think that Westfield Station Café, at the Corner of South Avenue West and Summit Avenue, has a prime spot, just across the street from the NJ Transit train stop on the town’s south end. But turnover there has been quick. In the past five years, the spot has been home to ...

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State suspends new laws governing microbreweries WESTFIELD, NJ – The suspension of more stringent state regulations for microbreweries received praise from state and local officials in a town where some say opportunities for imbibing have become scarce. The state Division of Alcoholic ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – More beer here. Such was the message from the Town Council on Tuesday as it approved regulations intended to draw microbreweries and craft distilleries into its downtown. The new local law allows for microbreweries and craft distilleries within Westfield’s central business ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Apples will be far from forbidden as the historical society celebrates its 10th annual AppleFest this weekend. The Westfield Historical Society’s AppleFest will be held noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, on the lawn of the Reeve House, 314 Mountain Ave. The festival will ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The full schedule for AddamsFest has been announced on AddamsFest.com, and it’s jam-packed with events for people of all ages. The town-wide celebration will honor Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creation, "The Addams Family," throughout October all around ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Enclosed in a clear plastic booth, two teens moved frantically to untangle a blue wire and plug the ends into sockets on opposite-sided walls. Avery Avella, 10, and Alice Manzo, 11, secured one side, but it popped out of the socket at the opposite end as they attempted to fit the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Dough, cheese, sauce, mushrooms, olives and pepperoni are among the ingredients that 10 children, half of them with special needs, used to make individual pies at a local pizza shop earlier this week. The gathering of elementary school-aged youths at Outta Hand Pizza, 311 South ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Shovlin Mattress Factory, a Westfeld family-owned business located in Fanwood, is buying coffee for everyone who visits Manhattan Bagel in Westfield Saturday, Sept. 8. “The community has been supporting us forever, so we wanted to give back to them,” said Ron Shovlin, who owns ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Quimby and Elm Streets in Downtown Westfield will become “Charlie’s Ale Garden” on Saturday, Oct. 27, as part of the town’s first AddamsFest, a three-day town-wide festival celebrating Westfield native Charles Addams, creator of “The Addams Family,” that will include family-friendly ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Outta Hand Pizza in Downtown Westfield is offering to feed veterans for free, and they’ve set up a way for others to help. The restaurant is teaming up with the Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3 to hold a get-together for veterans, according to Burim Regjaj, one of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield's town council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that would allow microbreweries and craft distilleries in Westfield’s central business district during Tuesday night’s town council meeting. The ordinance, no. 2111, requires that the microbrewery or distillery ...

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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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CRANFORD, NJ — Following the success of the first ever "Kids Night Out" on June 5 that featured Vampirina, owner Victor Biancamano decided to make the event a regular occurrence.  Biancamano made a call to Peppa Pig, and despite her busy schedule, she was able to free up some time to enjoy some ...

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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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