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Doris & Ed's Closed

Just heard that Doris and Ed's is closed for good. Irene did them in.

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  1. Wow that would be a real loss for the Shore area and The Highlands

    Jim is one of the best and special restaurant owners we have.

    I hope this post is not true

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      1. re: NJDolfan


        The storm is mentioned on their website...although the message doesn't say closure.

        1. re: HillJ

          Both web site and Jim's message on voice mail say/imply it is a temporary closure due to storm damage

          1. re: carlylecat

            Exactly what I said, good CH people.

            1. re: HillJ

              Sorry I was not tryng to repeat your info - just trying to add that the voice mail said the same thing

    1. This is the first item on the website. The phrase "for good" is never mentioned or even hinted at:

      "Post-Hurricane Irene

      Doris & Ed's is closed due to power outage & storm damage.

      Please check back for updates .
      Thank you for your understanding & patience."

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      1. re: equal_Mark

        Mark my words, D & E's is closed for good. Don't say I didn't tell you so


        1. re: NJDolfan

          Of course they are! Why else would their website, Facebook page and telephone message be encouraging folks to check back for updates?

          1. re: NJDolfan

            NJ Dolfan,

            Although I'm not a fan of Doris & Ed's, I think you and anyone else who is spreading the rumor that they are closed permanently are doing a huge disservice to the restaurant.

            I will believe it's closed for good when they take down their website, remove themselves from Facebook, and when I call get the message, "This number is no longer in service."


            1. re: RGR


              Although you think I am doing a disservice, here on the chow hound I offer my services and plethora of knowledge to this forum. In this instance, as usual, I am correct. Doris and Eds is closed FOR GOOD!  I guess we will find out for sure on february 1st 2012 when the doors do not open. 

              1. re: NJDolfan

                Perhaps if you share how you know people would take you more seriously.

                1. re: tommy

                  Well I am becoming a dolfan believer if ex head chef russel dare says that wade who has been serving there for 25+ years is really saying it is over

                  It may just be.... Too bad

                  No matter what you thought of the place, losing an establishment that cared for quality products, great wine and had a local owner who for 20+ years really cared about his restaurant is a sad loss for the shore dining scene

                  1. re: carlylecat

                    It would be a shame if true. I never had a bad meal there over the past 14 years I've been going.

                      1. re: NJDolfan

                        Irene has caused irrevocable financial damages to the restaurant industry. Combine that with the current economic situation and the increased prices of commodities I think the next month or so will be crucial to many establishments. My heart goes out to all the hard working and passionate culinary employees and restaurant entrepreneurs.

                        1. re: foodislove1958

                          Still not open same message on web and phone

        2. D & E.....excellent well prepared food.....over the top prices, Irene and their prices in this economy, closed them for good !!.........people want VALUE today more than ever, what with the unemployment sky-high........Rods in Convent Station opened the Red Dog tavern, with a lower priced menu,......weekends are crowded,....their established dining rooms are hurting tho"

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          1. re: LEOFONT

            i dont know if pricing is the only reason-- Nicolas and Fromagerie are higher priced than D & E was-- perhaps it's a matter of modernizing and having a forward looking menu. Creative, fresh ingredients is the order of the day today. Also Rat's is quite pricey and thriving.

            Fromagerie Restaurant
            26 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

            1. re: menton1

              There is still nothing confirmed as to whether they are gone permanently. At this point it is only dolfan's assertion, not D&E's. He may well be right, but he has offered nothing beyond "Trust me." So for now I do expect them to reopen.

              1. re: cantkick

                There have been no updates to their Facebook page in over a month, and more specifically they have made no response to the mention of specific rumors about their closing permanently. You would expect that just from a marketing perspective that they might show some signs of life. Alas, none...

            2. re: LEOFONT

              The pricing has nothing to do with the current closing nor do I suspect it will have anything to do with a pemrantly closing if that does occur.

              The current issue is one of a one hundred plus year old building being ravged by water and what it will take to get it working again

              Even in this economy there is plenty of money being spent at high end restaurants, just stop by or try and obtain a 7:30 table at Nicholas and Saturday night. On top of that D&E's offered a $33 app, entree and desert with three selections every night

              Is it more competitive now for that high end dollar, oh yeah, were there enough D&E supporters to keep it going, on our six visits this summer I would have to say yes, place was well attended every time

              Is the 70+ year old hands on owner who has been doing this for the last 25+ years going to be able to expend the energy, time , dedication and resources to overcome the challenges that closed the place....

              we will see...

              1. re: carlylecat

                I have not spoken with Jim personaly, but I am friends with quite a few of the employees. Jim told them that he has closed the doors. we should all wish him well on his retirement. He has worked almost every day since 1978 when he bought it.

            3. I saw a full page ad in a local paper( can't recall the name, but i pick it up free all over Red Bank) from Doris and Ed's. It stated that they were rebuilding and would re-open, but didn't say when.

              1. Their website has gone offline.

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                1. re: equal_Mark

                  It's back now.I hope they re-open.We've been going there for our anniversary in Sept.for many years.True,it's expensive,but it's our special occasion place.

                  1. In view of this iffy status for Doris & Ed's, it's truly ironic that they are featured in an article in the latest issue of Inside Jersey magazine, titled, "30 Best Meals in NJ"...or something to that effect.

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                    1. re: Ted in Central NJ

                      Such twists do sometimes happen. A restaurant in NYC closed the day before receiving a Michelin star. At first, it was thought the closure was temporary. But it was just announced that Heartbreak will not reopen. Talk about an ironic name, as well.


                    2. Well, it appears that Doris & Ed's is now officially closed for the season. No doubt starting in April or May they will be closed for the Spring and Summer...

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                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        or "Closed for Renovation".

                        In Bergen County, there's a fancy Greek Restaurant that recently closed after only 2 1/2 years, claiming that they "had to sell the property" since they got such a good price. Considering that they put several $million into the restaurant in fixtures and construction, and that there is such a booming real estate market out there today, it's no wonder! :)

                      2. A "high end" restaurant packed on a Saturday night does not denote that business is thriving......it's the other 5 or 6 nights that count, and the high prices and small portions that keep them in business longer, the public finally weary's of them and they opt for better value for their dollar, especially in this economy, ......see Ryland Inn and many many others like it,......all closed

                        1. The following note is posted on Rosie Saferstein's blog (March 23):

                          "Doris & Ed’s, Highlands, will not be reopening, according to proprietor Jim Filip."

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                          1. re: ambrose

                            NJ Dolfan called it many months ago - gotta give him props, everyone gave him alot of grief.

                            1. re: Snorkelvik

                              We just wanted to hear it straight from the owners mouth. No disrespect to NJ Dolfan (at the time).

                            2. re: ambrose

                              Such sad news. We used to live in the Metro NY area. Doris and Ed's was one of our favorite special occasion restaurants. It's heartbreaking to read of so many shore restaurants and businesses closing their doors in the wake of Irene and Sandy. Good luck to the owner and his staff; thanks for many marvelous culinary memories.

                            3. Maybe I am off on this but didn’t the original Doris and Ed sell several years back and then open a smaller place, name alludes me right now, trattoria something across from Grimaldi's in the highlands?

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                              1. re: angelo04

                                Jim Filip has owned Doris and Ed's since 1978.

                                1. re: angelo04

                                  No, that would be Joe and Maggie at Bay Ave. Trattoria

                                  1. re: timbug

                                    Thanks Doris n Ed, Joe n Maggie, I am easily confused

                                  2. re: angelo04

                                    For what it's worth the Doris & Ed's website is still going strong and urging folks to keep checking back for updates. It's been what, 15+ months now?


                                    1. re: equal_Mark

                                      I do believe that stock message has been on the site since Irene and hasn't been updated since. I think the website has been paid for and will remain up till the URL(?) expires. Somewhere above they made the statement that the were closed for good. (Not that I wouldn't like to be optimistic just don't think that statement on the website is any indication of them coming back) Here's to hoping I'm wrong!!

                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                        Was not suggesting that the website being up indicated anything other than somebody has money to spend to maintain a domain that should be let go...

                                        1. re: equal_Mark

                                          I thought you were specifically referring to the statement "check back for updates".

                                          The domain name and website were probably pre-paid you generally receive a discount for purchasing a multi year deal so the site will probably remain up until the domain name expires.

                                          Sorry for the confusion.