WESTFIELD, NJ — Plants block the entryway of the restaurant’s doors, and more greenery in the window is turning brown.
A sign on the door states that InnovAsian Taco at 106 Quimby St. is “closed.” And while a logo on the door indicates the eatery participates in the online food delivery service Grubhub, searches of the website yield no references to InnovAsian Taco.
The apparent closure of InnovAsian Taco, prominently located at Central Avenue and Quimby Street, happened just seven months after the eatery opened. Customers reported as early as Jan. 13 the restaurant stopped serving.
Messages left at one number for the restaurant were not returned and nobody answered at the eatery’s other phone number. Messages left for the owner at two of his other restaurants and on his cell phone also were not returned.
Representatives for Downtown Westfield Corp., which manages the town’s special improvement district, too, have sought to reach the restaurant in recent days.
“We will send an update as soon as we can get definitive information from the business and/or property owner,” said Kathleen Miller Prunty, interim executive director of the DWC. “For the record, the business was not closed for any Health Department violation.”
In 2017, the Board of Health had shut down a Subway restaurant at that same location because it did not have hot water, something needed to sanitize hands and dishes.
InnovAsian Taco also was not closed due to any building code violation, Steve Freeman, the town’s building inspector, said.
The fusion restaurant, which featured a combination of Latin and Asian foods, had entered a competitive market last year with Tinga Fresh Mexican nearby at 110 Central Ave. and Qdoba Mexican Eats at 70 Elm St. InnovAsian Taco also faced competition from Inspiration Roll, a restaurant at 106 Central Ave., among others.
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