Cafe Primavera (Somerset, NJ) - under new management
We've been going to Cafe Primavera for years and tonight we discovered that it is under new management. In addition to being under new management, it is no longer BYOB and alcohol is not being used in the cooking. Pork and veal have also been removed from the menu due to the religious beliefs of the new owner.
That said, the kitchen staff has been retained and the food seemed generally they same, with a few exceptions. I'm sure we'll go back but the change in the BYOB policy is really a disappointment because we absolutely loved pairing the food with wines from our collection.
We also found out that the name is going to be changing soon and dry aged steaks will be added to the menu within the next week or so, once the first round of steaks has completely their aging process. I'm interested in checking this out but again, and not to sound like an alcoholic, the restriction on drinking is a bit of a let down.
Any other experiences since the change?
Guess I won't be going back there.
I don't really eat a lot of veal, but not having any pork dishes on the menu is a total deal breaker for me since I am not big on beef (I'm convinced pork is healthier anyway).
And the BYOB policy...what's up with that?
I wish the new owners luck, but they sound a bit too closed minded for my tastes.
Too bad. It _was_ a nice place to go.
I'm sure the new owners will find a clientele though.
re: The Professor
They're keeping the pasta dishes, for what it's worth. My understanding was that any alcohol is against the owner's beliefs so he doesn't want it being consumed in the restaurant. Wine, Italian food, and steaks all seem to go hand and hand so this is an unusual business model in my opinion, but as you said, I'm sure there is a clientele that will be interested in it. I like a good steak so I'm willing to go back once they are on the menu...perhaps with a flask hidden in my purse. :P
Like you,we've been going to Primavera for years. The fact that they're now Halal isn't in itself bad, but the dishes I like are no longer available. Does anyone have a suggestion for a down-home, low-key Italian place not Meola's)? Please help----live in HP but will travel for good food.
If you are willing to travel try:
Ciros Pizza Cafe
862 Huguenot Ave
Staten Island, NY 10312
Known for their pizza but also some of the best down home Italian dishes you will find.
Inexpensive and family friendly - you can't go wrong. We travel from the Jersey shore to eat there.
Just curious if you know what happened to the original owner. While I didn't know his name, the older gentleman that ran the place was always so nice and friendly -although he seemed like a tough boss. Just curious if anything happened or if he decided to retire.
A friend of mine dined there in December and both the new owner and the original owner (the bald-headed gentleman) were there greeting patrons. The original owner told my friend that he was going to stay in the area but decided to retire because the restaurant had been losing money for the last year or so. The charge for his meal was posted to his credit card as “Rooqs Steakhouse.”