Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

New Eateries Set to Join North Jersey Landscape

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

New Eateries Set to Join North Jersey Landscape

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Food lovers are fickle. They may have their favorite neighborhood joint and their favorite special-occasion place and favorite Italian, Japanese, Korean etc., restaurant. But many can't help themselves: They're always looking for some- place new, something new -- a dish, a cocktail, a flavor, perhaps even a cuisine.

Good news: The year 2015 is shaping up to be a delicious year for North Jersey food lovers. There are a slew of restaurants that are scheduled to open in the next 12 months that promise to keep us dine- out lovers reserving tables, sampling new dishes and enjoying the thrill of discovering a new place, a new chef, a new decor.

Here are some of the restaurants that are scheduled to open their doors in 2015:

CALLAHAN'S IN NORWOOD: It didn't take long for Daniel DeMiglio, who launched a food truck to peddle his family's famous deep-fried, extra-long hot dogs, to look for a brick-and-mortar location to sell the super-popular fare -- and then some. DeMiglio, the grandson of founder Leonard "Artie" Castranni, said he felt he had no choice. Everyone was asking him for it. The restaurant is scheduled to open very soon, he said. 10 Broad St., Norwood; calla hanshotdogs.com

EMMA IN ENGLEWOOD: This 49-seat boutique restaurant that will serve American, Argentine and Mexican fare is scheduled to open in the space formerly occupied by Levant Grille the week of Jan. 12, said Louis Alvarez, one of the restaurant's partners. Emma's owners are behind the trendy and colorful Orale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City. Serving as consulting chef will be James Muir, who is also the chef at Orale and owns the Artaux Catering company. And who's Emma? That would be mom to Miguel Aguirre, another partner. 34 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood

FISH IN RIDGEWOOD: Owners Jim and Karen DeGilio of Fish in Asbury Park know what works when it comes to successful restaurants, which is why they're opening a second location of their high-end seafood restaurant in Ridgewood and don't plan to change a thing.

The new place will have the same menu, a similar raw bar and even the same hours, and as in Asbury Park, the Ridgewood location will be housed in a former bank space on East Ridgewood Avenue.

"We heard it was available and it was absolutely perfect," said Karen DeGilio.

The grand opening is scheduled for May 1 and diners can expect to see most of the bank's original structure intact.

"We don't like redoing, just enhancing," DeGilio said, "and we won't bring in loud colors or materials. …

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