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March   8

Open and Shut

If you haven't noticed...

Il Forno in Upper Montclair is closed for good. Their baked bread have not disappeared completely. They have decided to merge with their downtown location, on South Fullerton.

Coffee Club Cafe on Valley Road is no more. Signs in the window announce a new store coming, "Joe Bartoni's Italian Market."

And remember that new produce market on the corner of Broad and Watchung Aves in Bloomfield? Tomatoes and all other vestiges of the shop are gone, including the name on the awning, spray painted over in black.

On Bloomfield Ave., in Montclair, Sugar Free Sensations has also closed.

March 8, 2006 in Comings and Goings | Permalink


Coffee Club Cafe, that totally blows. I use to take all my hot dates there. It was a welcome to depature from Eclectic. Well, back to crying myself to sleep again.

Posted by: ccc | Mar 8, 2006 2:28:57 PM

CCC had good food and drinks but I didn't like the woman who ran it.

Posted by: Screamapiller | Mar 8, 2006 2:31:20 PM

That place was doomed from the get-go. Location, location, location. The parking in back is not obvious enough (needs a big sign).

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Mar 8, 2006 2:52:34 PM

The produce market is now "Be Smart America" a real estate office. There are some homes in Bloomfield I notice listed by them. Mainly the one on the corner of Willard and Franklin St. (owned by the owner of this new real estate company).

Posted by: Karen | Mar 8, 2006 2:56:36 PM

I felt bad when the produce place opened -- the only hope for such a business to compete against "regular" supermarkets is high volume and a high-quality aura. The location offered neither.

Posted by: appletony | Mar 8, 2006 3:02:40 PM

Bummer about the produce stand, though it was always too out of the way for me to shop there.

How many months till the farmer's market starts again?

Posted by: htb@aol.com | Mar 8, 2006 3:10:01 PM

Plofker must be behind this.

Posted by: walleroo | Mar 8, 2006 3:16:53 PM

What about the store front on Grove st. near walnut. All it says is grocery store coming soon.
It's been that way for months now.

Posted by: tangomama | Mar 8, 2006 3:21:21 PM

Gee, can't imagine why Sugar Free Sensations closed

Posted by: State Street Pete | Mar 8, 2006 3:56:03 PM

As a person who watches sugar intake, I loved SFS! Nice couple who owned it, too. Sorry to see it go. No doubt some greed-infested chain store will take its place.

Posted by: Screamapiller | Mar 8, 2006 3:57:53 PM

The Remedy said it will reopen in the spring. I hope it's true.

Posted by: donna | Mar 8, 2006 4:00:21 PM

the remedy?

Posted by: notteham | Mar 8, 2006 4:03:02 PM

The Remedy Cafe is in Bloomfield on Broad Street.

BTW-The Italian restaurant on Broad Street near the IHOP is closed but a sign states that it a new restaurant will take its place. Can't recall the name but I think cathar mentioned it in another thread.

Posted by: Krys O. | Mar 8, 2006 4:14:08 PM

What about Suzanne's in Watchung plaza? It looks like she's gone for good - they already have a new sign in front.

Posted by: maureen | Mar 8, 2006 4:37:28 PM

The owner of the Coffee Club was definitely exceptionally unfriendly and rude. Remedy is a good alternative to Ecclectic so I hope they do in fact reopen.

Posted by: Meghan | Mar 8, 2006 4:46:02 PM

I didn't think the woman whoo owned the Coffee Club to be unfriendly. She was always not only nice but extremely accommodating

Posted by: Jennie | Mar 8, 2006 4:54:38 PM

I agree about the owner of the Coffee Club Cafe. We went there twice and both times found her pretty rude, but also just annoying the way she lurks around. The first time we just had coffee and bagels, which was okay. The second time we went for fondue and it was bad.

I agree The Remedy is a nice cafe.

Posted by: Butch | Mar 8, 2006 4:59:59 PM

Didn't the owner of the CCC try to start a singles/dating thing at one time?

Posted by: Miss Martta | Mar 8, 2006 5:02:28 PM

Yes, Miss M., the owner of CCC did have a dating service of sorts going, with binders filled with photos and profiles. I don't know if it ever produced any matches or had any success.

Here, here, to the Remedy - I'll miss CCC, but I'll be straight-up despondent if Remedy doesn't reopen, that place is wonderful!!!

In Outer Baristaville, there's The Goat Cafe (formerly The Dancing Goat - why lose the Dancing...?) in South Orange, near the train station on S.O. Avenue. It's no Remedy, but it's a very cozy coffeehouse!

Posted by: Mujer en Fuego | Mar 8, 2006 5:18:53 PM

Baristaville needs a Leftorium.

Posted by: appletony | Mar 8, 2006 5:28:29 PM

Coffee Club Cafe was good but I think their chef quit or something and they started cooking the food with their ass cause it really began to suck. Burnt food eh.

Posted by: katie | Mar 8, 2006 5:56:06 PM

BTW I like Bonjour Montclair, if anyone is into cafe delish crepes mmmmm so oooo goododdddd.

Posted by: katie | Mar 8, 2006 5:57:40 PM

Remedy was certainly an enjoyable place.

So what's Joe Bartoni planning to offer that Belgiovine's doesn't?

Posted by: crank | Mar 8, 2006 6:58:03 PM

Other changes at Watchung Plaza, too:
- Art supply store closed
- Bradnor phamacy closed
- Now, the video store, too (huge signs out announcing their liquidation!)

Posted by: Watchung_guy | Mar 8, 2006 8:41:59 PM

The owner of the Coffee Club and her husband own that building so the new place may very well be her again doing something else.

I like Remedy too. I plan to walk there and drink tea on the patio this spring so I sure hope they reopen.

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