Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Owners Cheryl and Greg Spinelli of the well known Spanish eatery on Church Street closed closed the business this weekend.
Tuesday, March 26
Sunday was bittersweet for a Church Street restaurant which closed its doors for good at the end of the night. Wayne Robbin's highlighted the farewell party for Tapastry Restaurant in his latest "Inside Montclair" video. The colorful and well known Spanish restaurant has been a staple on Montclair's famous street for nine years. The evening featured live music by Studio 12/Open Mic and, of course, good food. Robbins also interviewed owners Cheryl and Greg Spinelli. "It's time to turn another page," said Greg Spinelli, "but we are certainly going to miss all our friends here on Church Street." Spinelli said the restaurant is moving down the street to the teen hangout Chill, located at 310 Bloomfield Ave., where Cherly and he will run a …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
As the sole dispensary in the state, the owners of Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair said they can't keep up with demand.
Thursday, March 21
Burdened with supplying medical marijuana to patients throughout the state, the only dispensary in the state located in Montclair will limit new patients to those living in north New Jersey, NJ.com is reporting. The owners of Greenleaf Compassion Center said this week that they are unable to grow enough marijuana for the number of state registered patients — more than 750, according to the article. The other treatment centers have yet to open their doors as they wait for permits from the state. Located at 395 Bloomfield Ave., Greenleaf Compassion center opened on Dec. 6, and has since seen approximately 120 patients, according to the NJ.com article.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Check out the top stories making headlines in Montclair last week.
Out with the old ways of teaching, in with the new. As Superintendent Penny MacCormack continues her first year leading the district, she unveiled Monday how she will reshape Montclair schools. Looking to next year, the superintendent wants to restructure central office and even rename it “Central Support.” Montclair's teachers union ended its "work to contract" effort Monday as the Montclair Board of Education and union resume contract negotiations. While the NCAA lifted a ban on New Jersey colleges from hosting tournament and championship games on Wednesday, it came too late for Montclair State University who missed out on several games on its home turf this year. When the Montclair Fire Department announced it had handful of openings…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Also see where familiar stores in town have moved to.
New businesses have moved into Montclair and more are soon to open. The next time you are driving or walking through Montclair, keep an eye out for these new stores and restaurants. This little boutique fills the street-level storefront that had been empty for sometime. Located above the Mexican restaurant Casa Piquin, this store features women's clothing and lingerie, and is now open. Formerly named Tosca, this newly designed Italian restaurant complements Church Street with a fresh menu and outdoor seating (when it is warmer). The restaurant is now open. Just in time for prom season, this store is a one-stop shop for high school girls preparing for the big dance. The store is now open. This wax salon opened on Jan. 7, and …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Leela’s Trinidad Cuisine, at 180 Bloomfield Ave., had money and a computer stolen last week.
A restaurant on Bloomfield Avenue was burglarized during the final hours of the day on Jan. 9, according to Montclair police. Leela’s Trinidad Cuisine, at 180 Bloomfield Ave., was broken into between 9 p.m. and midnight that evening. The area around the cash register was ransacked, according to police. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of a three-story building which houses another business and commercial space. The building is on the east side of Montclair’s busy business district running along Bloomfield Avenue. The owner told police there was a pouch bag containing $150 missing and a laptop computer, valued at approximately $1,300, which was underneath the front counter in the restaurant. The cash register was …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
You Patch editor took a jaunt up and down Bloomfield Avenue and these were the new businesses he found!
A flurry of new businesses set up shop in Montclair before and after the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. The next time you are walking up or down Bloomfield Avenue, check out some of these new storefronts! This trendy cafe opened up at the end of December and is tucked away just off of Bloomfield Avenue near Church Street. With chairs, tables and couches, this cafe serves up Mediterranean salads and sandwiches, paninis, smoothies, coffee, tea and pastries. There is also free Wifi. This coffee house reopened on Jan. 5 after shutting its doors months ago. This cafe has coffee, tea, a plethora of homemade pastries and muffins, and serves lunch and breakfast. With tables and couches and free Wifi, it’s a great place to just …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A recent renovation proposal to 'abandon' space in a basement to construct a more attractive third floor may pique developer's fancy in the future.
The proposal to restore the former Luna Stage building will bring more than just a third-floor addition, but something the board has “almost never seen before,” said Board President John Wynn. In what may be considered a precedent for future building projects, Steven Plofker’s proposal -- approved by the Planning Board Monday -- was granted variances or waivers by the board to forego township zoning ordinances by abandoning one area of the building for another to address the problem of parking. Township zoning ordinances require that the number of parking spaces reflect the gross square footage of a building to prevent businesses from diverting their parking demands to Montclair public parking spaces which are overburdened as it is. …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Montclair Council votes to bag meters starting Friday.
You can leave the loose change at home when you do your holiday shopping in Montclair starting Friday. There will be free holiday parking starting Friday, Dec. 7, and extending through Dec. 26. The Montcliar Township Council voted on the resolution Tuesday night to bag meters during the shopping season. All bagged meters will give shoppers free parking for two-hour. However, those who remain parked in a spot beyond that period will be ticketed.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The township’s plan is to reduce its approximate $230 million debt by more than $60 million over 10 years.
Managing Montclair’s nearly quarter billion dollars of debt is the goal for the current administration, Mayor Robert Jackson says, and the key toward lowering that debt will be the town's train stations. “We have gold, oil in the ground,” Jackson said yesterday about the six train stations which run through the heart of Montclair. And it will be the economic development around those train stations that will keep Montclair affordable, he added. Jackson and Business Manager Marc Dashield, in addition to Councilor Renee Baskerville and Deputy Mayor Robert Russo, discussed the problems facing the township during a 4th Ward community meeting held yesterday in the Fire Department Headquarters. Chief among those concerns was getting …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Montclair Township Council increases fees, regulations for restaurants who offer outside seating.
If restaurants want to set up tables on Montclair sidewalks, they will now pay more to use the public space. Montclair Township Council voted Tuesday to increase permit fees and regulations for restaurant owners who offer outdoor seating. However, a restaurant owner and the Montclair Center Business Improvement District say it strikes a fair balance. “The Montclair Center Business Improvement District is pleased that the council listened to the complaints registered by restaurants and the BID,” said Luther Flurry, director the Montclair BID. Restaurant owners previously paid a permit fee of $150 a year for outdoor seating. The new proposal sets the yearly fees at $150 for restaurants with fewer than 13 seats, and $250 for those with …