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Jan 8, 2010 04:44 AM

Restaurant David Drake - What's Up?

I was just on Open Table, looking to make a reservation here and was surprised, and disturbed, to see the message, "This Restaurant Is Currently Unavailable". Does anyone know what's going on? Perhaps it just means that Open Table can no longer be used to make reservations at dD's. I surely hope that's all it means!

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  1. Comment on says it's closed and relocating for a springtime opening....nothing more specific

    5 Replies
    1. re: fourunder

      I hope you're right. I'm just glad it's not "closed for renovations" because we all know how that usually ends up.

      1. re: ambrose

        Relocating or redecorating?????
        I was there like a week ago, everything was GREAT as usual!


        1. re: MishyPoo


          Thanks for having the confidence in me to even think I could possibly confuse the two..

          Copied and pasted from the restaurant forum @

          15743. David Drake relocating?
          by cornus, 1/8/10 7:52 ET
          Here is a c/p of a twitter message I saw at a Rahway blog: Sign in window of David Drake in #Rahway say it's closed, will open in new location in spring.

          Anyone have any more info?

          1. re: fourunder


            LOL dont take it personal, I often type one thing whilst thinking of another. It isnt about you, my reply was more about the shock I was in after having read your post. I am currently waiting on a reply from somebody on the inside, I will let you know what I hear. Im sorry but I still am having a hard time believing this. Not that I dont believe you, Im just saying....Im in disbelief!


            1. re: MishyPoo

              No worries, I was only teasing....but thanks for having the grace to have concern, otherwise.

    2. We need Rosie Saferstein to find out the real scoop on this one.

      But usually, "closed for relocation" or any other silly reason means that it's "game over".

      Roberto's in Rochelle Park says "closed for renovation" for 6 months now, and there's no sign of any construction going on. I guess it's an ego thing that these resto owners don't just want to say the truth and give these lame excuses...

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      1. re: menton1

        Yes, sadly I have to agree with this....Im afraid it might be game over.
        I am still awaiting a reply from the person I contacted.

        I will still say....David Drake is the best restaurant in NJ.
        I hope I dont have to change it to WAS!!!!


      2. Hmm, I'm now starting to get a very bad feeling about David Drake's future - the restaurant, not the owner/chef.

        Some time ago, I started a thread about David Drake cooking at Alice's, a restaurant in Lake Hopatcong. By chance, there is a review in this weekend's NY Times of Alice's and in it the writer notes that at one point Alice, the owner, needed a chef in a hurry and turned to David Drake.

        According to the article, "She needed help in a hurry..........and Mr. Drake happened to need a full-time job. (While his Rahway restaurant remains open, he says it has been slapped hard by the recession and he has stopped paying himself a salary.)"

        Clearly, this story is still playing out. I for one really hope that the restaurant in Rahway does relocate and remains a David Drake restaurant. Otherwise, I guess I'll be taking the long drive north to Alice's!

        Here's the full review:

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        1. re: ambrose

          According to Rosie Saferstein's blog, Restaurant David Drake has indeed closed.

        2. This is truly disappointing. This was my favorite restaurant in NJ. The food, drinks and service were consistently excellent.

          1. Coincidentally, I was in my doctor's office today and was reading an issue of some glossy NJ magazine from about a year ago that focused on 5 up and coming chefs in the state, including David Drake. Mentioned that he planned to open a hotel restaurant at the soon-to-be-built Westin in Berkeley Heights. I guess that is not happening.