Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Restaurant cited for health code violations, masked man robs local PNC Bank, Former Russian spies' home goes on the market and more top stories from last month.
Fifteen restaurants in Montclair were cited for health code violations last year by local inspectors, according to township records. A man wearing a mask flashed a handgun and robbed a Montclair bank on April 22 before escaping with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police. The house that was once called home by two Russian spies and their two young daughters is now on the housing market. The Board of Education had to defend a survey given to students this month that cost the district $95,000. Students in grades three through 12 began taking the Tripod Student Survey in early April which Superintendent Penny MacCormack said is the “best student survey out there." The survey is part of the district's attempt to analyse key …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Check out the stories that made headlines this past week in town.
Fifteen restaurants in Montclair were cited for health code violations last year by local inspectors, according to township records. A man wearing a mask flashed a handgun and robbed a Montclair bank Monday before escaping with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police. A 38-year-old Montclair woman was indicted Monday on charges she fatally stabbed her live-in boyfriend in January, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Four teenagers were arrested last week for assaulting people in Glenfield Park with a fake handgun, according to police. Northeast Elementary School passed most of its academic benchmarks in a recent state report, but schoolwide proficency in language arts was low and the school ranked "about …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Find out if your favorite restaurant was among those that were cited for health code violations last year.
Fifteen restaurants in Montclair were cited for health code violations last year by local inspectors, according to township records. Montclair Heath and Human Services conduct inspections on more than 300 eateries in town each year, which includes restaurants, food stores, mobile vendors, schools and more. Township inspectors assess eateries in more than 50 areas, such as the presence of rodents and insects, how food is stored, temperature control and ventilation. Montclair’s Senior Registered Environmental Health Specialist Keith Costello said inspectors have recently noted hand washing is commonly overlooked in many eateries in town. “Education on hand washing is needed because it is not being done as ... it should be,” said Costello…
Friday, April 12, 2013
See the full list of participating restaurants here.
Friday, April 12
Montclair's fifth annual Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, April 21. The popular event includes more than 20 restaurants serving lunch and/or dinner every day of the week. Restaurant Week began April 9 after the Taste of Montclair at Montclair State University. Below is a full listing of participating restaurants, times and prices. 12 West 275 Bellevue Ave. Montclair, 973-337-5813 Cuisine: Eclectic American Meals: Lunch (donation $1) and Dinner - $31 Days: Open 7 days Reservation: Yes Payment: Visa, MasterCard Full Bar Click here for website handicap accessible Ah Pizz 7 North Willow St. Montclair 973-783-9200 Cuisine: Italian Meals: Lunch Add $1 donation Days: Mon-Sunday noon - 3:00 p.m. Reservation: …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
'We love diversity — you can see it in the food — and it is something to be proud of and embrace,' said Co-Chair Diane Lilli.
The sundry flavors of the township’s plentiful restaurant scene were on display at the Rotary Club’s Taste of Montclair on Monday night. The gastronomical fete featured more than 30 restaurants and food vendors, who laid out bite-sized portions of their signature dishes in University Hall of Montclair State University. As Roberta Claps, of Glen Ridge, passed by French, Italian, Greek, Japanese and Ethiopian restaurants, she said she was her way back to Salugo Pizzeria for seconds of risotto arancini, miniature rice balls with mozzarella and pancetta. While Claps said she didn’t attend the tasting event last year, she would surely be back in 2014. “We enjoy good food and we wanted to support the Rotary and the town,” said Claps. A few …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Choose from more than 20 restaurants during the fifth annual Restaurant Week, running from Tuesday through April 21.
It is the week of the foodie in Montclair. Whatever your taste, you'll find it Monday at the Rotary Club of Montclair's Taste of Montclair. The gastronomical gallery of foods featuring some of the township's diverse restaurants will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in University Hall at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave. Park in the Red Hawk Parking Deck. A free shuttle will be running during the event. Tickets are $50 and can be bought online or at the event. If you have been meaning to try a restaurant in town, here is your chance. The Rotary Club's second event will include: Applegate Farms; Beyond Pita; Bistro 18; Brinley's Gold Rum; Chatni; Comfort Food Kitchen; Costanera Cocina Peruana; CulinAriane; Fairway Market; Fin Raw Bar …
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 …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wayne Robbins' 'Inside Montclair' takes a look at a new local business on Bloomfield Avenue.
Wednesday, March 20
Wayne Robbins is at it again and this week points his camera at Chatni Indian Restaurant, located at 381 Bloomfield Ave. In the latest edition of "Inside Montclair," Robbins chatted with the owner Ram Sha about opening a restaurant in Montclair's busy downtown and the fusion concepts of the menu. Robbins also spoke with head chef Nima Sherpa, who prepared one of the new fusion dishes on camera. Check out the video and drop by Chatni the next time you are in the mood for Indian food.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Agree or disagree with the citizen-driven restaurant ratings on Yelp!?
Wednesday, February 20
Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their local neighborhood's New York Times food critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Some peeved restaurateurs have argued Yelp! is little more than a "forum for the uninformed," a digitally-savvy clan of unsophisticated palates with little-to-no culinary education. True or not, the reviews listed on the website unquestionably impact popular perception. Will you dine at a place one newspaper critic gave a dazzling review to if the same restaurant was scorned by the unwashed masses? Maybe. Maybe not. So how does the average joe review the many restaurants in Montclair? Based on Yelp!'s number of reviews, we countdown from #5 down to #1 the most…
Friday, January 25, 2013
New restaurant opens across from Essex Green.
If you don’t want to hang out with celebrities and world-famous DJs spinning the night away at hip West Orange nightclub 4Sixty6, there is now another reason to come: Sam Mickail’s Cut Steakhouse. Executive Chef Sam Mickail, formerly of The Terrace in NYC, Highlawn Pavilion, Rare The Steak House, Il Tulipano and Waterside, opened this contemporary American steak house with Mediterranean influences last fall. “I did my research and decided that West Orange was thirsty for a great steak and needed an upscale steak house,” says the 30-year veteran, who was born in Cairo, raised in France, trained in Switzerland and staged in the finest kitchens in Europe. “I want people to get hooked, and realize that there is no need to go to New York for …