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Flood damage--let's report in

I realize that many people in NJ aren't thinking about restaurants as they bail out their basements AGAIN and try to save or protect their possessions. But for those of us who are checking in here on CH, let's see if we can't get a running list of places that are closed/damaged/okay. There are enough of us around the state that I'm sure we can get a pretty good listing going.

On my mind:

-Chengdu 23 in the West Belt Mall behind Willowbrook

-Bivio in Little Falls

Anyone who can give a status report on either? Which of your favorite spots are you worried about?

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  1. Za - Pennington. Flood damaged building. Closed indefinitely. http://zarestaurants.com/

    Eno Terra - Kingston. Flood damaged prep kitchen in cellar. Temporary closure. Waiting on new equipment. Working to reopen wine bar asap with a limited "light fare" menu prepared in their first level kitchen that was not damaged. Full service menu will return when the cellar prep kitchen is back online. www.facebook.com/EnoTerraRestaurant

    1. Blue Rooster - Cranbury. http://www.blueroosterbakery.com/ Flood damage to cellar storage area and mechanical systems.

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      1. re: cranrob

        Update: The Blue Rooster is reopening Wednesday, October 12.

      2. Anybody know if Inn of the Hawke is ok? Lambertville has been hit multiple times, from what I understand

        Inn of the Hawke
        74 S Union St, Lambertville, NJ 08530

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        1. re: Heatherb

          Dillys, the burger stand across the street, was perfectly fine. That bodes well for the Inn.

          1. re: glutton

            Glutton, I think you may be confusing the Inn of the Hawke with the Centre Bridge Inn. The Centre Bridge and Dilly's are both in Pennsylvania, just across from Stockton, NJ.

            1. re: ambrose

              You are correct -- thanks for pointing that out.

          2. re: Heatherb

            Haven't heard anything about the Inn of the Hawke. A friend told me that the Lambertville Station had a lot of water in their basement. Isn't that where the wine bar is?

            1. re: ambrose

              Yep. Their downstairs bar is lovely, I think. Hope they get it fixed by the time I'm back in town! :D

          3. Not a specific establishment, but I understand that local oyster beds have been impacted by all the crud flowing out of flooded watersheds.

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            1. re: equal_Mark

              True. I'd stay away from softies, clams and any other shellfish for the time being. Heck, I'm avoiding swimming as well - while the water has been rough, there's an awful lot of effluent that has flowed into the NY Bight (which affects beaches through AP) and to a lesser extent, the Shark, Squan, Toms River (and that speaks for anything coming out of Barnegat Bay)

            2. This was a very good idea Curlz, thank you.

              1. Would it help to call the places instead of wondering and then report back with facts rather than questions?

                1. Kilkenny House in cranford had flood damage, but are working on a reopen. No date yet.

                  Crossroads in garwood also was closed last weekend, but not sure when it will open or the extent of the damage.

                  Kilkenny House
                  112 South Ave E, Cranford, NJ 07016

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                  1. re: mickeygee

                    Crossroads is hosting the after-party for the Union county music festival this coming week/weekend. No word that's been cxld.

                    1. re: mickeygee

                      Headsmack...this was one of the first places I heard about, as a friend sent a pic--a RIVER took over the street where Kilkenny is. I've only been once, but was looking forward to getting back, as it was a really nice pub! Hope the reopen is sooner vs. later.

                      And that reminds me that I do know that Pairings in Cranford, all of a few blocks from Kilkenny, didn't have water damage, so they're up and running.

                      Can you tell I have a few pals living in Cranford?

                      ETA: Tommy, isn't this why we're on these boards? To share info about food/restaurants?

                      1. re: Curlz

                        I've driven by Kilkenny and it looks like they're actively working to reopen as soon as they can.
                        I believe most of the restaurants in Cranford have reopened. Most of them escaped flood damage and just had to deal with the power outages last week. Riverside Inn Bar is also still closed I believe. But with a name like that I guess it's not really surprising...

                        Riverside Inn Bar
                        56 North Ave E, Cranford, NJ 07016

                        1. re: LttlMichey

                          Yup, most of the other Cranford restaurants seem up and running (other than Riverside). We wound up at the Office when we saw Kilkenny was still closed, and they had just reopened the night before.

                          We also stopped at the Vanilla Bean Creamery as well, and they had just gotten up and running the following weekend. No water damage, but lost power = ice cream soup all over the shop, so took a bit to clean up and churn all the new ice cream.

                          Kilkenny is great - and they have a good group of loyal customers who are ready and waiting to help them get back on their feet. I'm hoping they'll be open again by the end of the month.

                          1. re: mickeygee

                            Kilkenny is re-opening tonight, though only with drink service. They say they'll have a limited food menu for the next two weeks.

                            Drove by Riverside the other day and the place is completely gutted. Not sure if/when it will open back up.

                            1. re: LttlMichey

                              There will be a fundraiser for the Riverside Inn on Sunday Nov. 6th.

                              Don't have a link to post, but those interested can find details on www.cranfordtalk.org by following the "Fundraiser for the Dive" thread.

                              Riverside Inn Bar
                              56 North Ave E, Cranford, NJ 07016

                    2. Doris and Ed's in Atlantic Highlands is down untli further notice per their web site. They are right on the beach so it may be a while

                      1. I haven't been there to see how the damage was, but I did call Chengdu 23 and found out that they are opened for business.

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                        1. re: Disneyfreak

                          I don't want to seem petty, but for the sake of accuracy, I'll comment on Za in Pennington. There's no way it was affected by flood water. It appears maybe the roof (on the expanded dining area, and not the kitchen) was compromised by a gust of wind. The structure might be weakened. This could be a long term repair. If it were only some water damage, the carpet would have been replaced, and they'd be open by now. Note that I am not in the construction business. I wish the Valenza brothers a speedy recovery.

                        2. Update: Denville Dairy's website says they're reopening in early October (and NOT moving, which is what a number of people had told me). SHWEW!!!

                          Denville Dairy
                          34A Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834

                          1. I heard that Sallie Tee's in Monmouth Beach was severely damaged in the hurricane and is closed until further notice.

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                            1. re: cke25

                              They sustained flood damage, carpeting and some of the kitchen equipment has to be replaced. They are putting a happy Facebook face on, but I walked by there on Thursday and there isn't any sign of work being done. I feel really sorry for the staff that has been left without work.

                              1. re: Deb Van D

                                Tri-City News had a full page ad from Sallee Tee's this week thanking the staff, customers, other restos (who employed ST's staff) and vendors for support as they rebuild. Ends with 'We Will Re-Open' and mailing list address of info@salleetees.com

                                1. re: OGguy

                                  You make such a good point, OGguy.

                                  Before we are quick to jump on the "report in" buzz why not let nature runs its course. If we post any incorrect info it will hit the virtual airways and misinformation will run when we're trying to be helpful. We all know reopens can take a good deal of time, let's just hold on.

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    Someone who posts that they walked past Sallee Tees and saw no repair work being done isn't speculating. They're reporting facts. I was a regular customer there for years and I certainly want them to reopen but if no work is being done over a month since the storm I don't see any reason to hush that up.

                                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                                      Reports about the status of restaurants impacted by hurricane Irene have run the gamut and much of it undocumented. My family and I have been enjoying meals at Sallee Tees for a good long while too Bob and I wouldn't speak for the owners on this board about what their plans might be. Insurance companies are working back long and the local news press will report openings as the occur. Once we CH's start heading back to some of our recently closed favs, this OP will be very helpful and updated I'm sure.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        No one is attempting to speak for the owners. What was reported is that no work was being done as of last Thursday, more than a month after the storm. I don't think either of us is happy about that news but it's a fact. It's not speculation. Nobody said they were closed permanently.

                                        What you said in your earlier was "Before we are quick to jump on the "report in" buzz why not let nature runs its course." I think that might have a chilling effect on people who just what to report what they see. Speaking for myself, I prefer to deal with the facts.

                                        1. re: Bob Martinez

                                          Thanks for quoting me there Bob! ha!

                                          I was speaking for all the reports; there have been plenty here on CH and elsewhere across the food- Net. Facts...unless you are the owner or work at the restaurant...well, nuff said about that I suppose. No diff then when a restaurant goes dark for no apparent reason, or the Chef leaves or or or...well, I hope to see you at Sallee T's soon!

                              2. re: cke25

                                Sallee Tee's was showing great signs of bustle in recent weeks and I am glad to hear that they are going to reopen at last this week. Dinner service planned for Weds. 12/14 but the real re-open to be on Thurs. 12/15. I'll be glad to have them back online.

                              3. The Second Half, in Denville, opened yesterday! Doc's in Denville has reopened.
                                Denville Dairy is hoping to open later this month. Amore Pizza is moving to Main Street (Rt 53). No word yet on Sergio's.

                                Denville Dairy
                                34A Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834

                                1. Friends who live in Cranford tell me they were at Kilkenney's this weekend, and that the vibe
                                  was as good as ever!

                                  1. I can personally report that Denville Dairy is now OPEN!!! Was in that area yesterday and on a whim decided to drive past and see how things looked...imagine my surprise to see Now Open signs in the windows and balloons out front. And (no surprise) it was busy! They just reopened yesterday--and have a few new flavors, including Denville Flood Mud and the one I had, A Taste of Autumn (pumpkin ice cream w/cinnamon caramel swirl and pralines). As usual, DD is worth the trip. AND the calories!

                                    Denville Dairy
                                    34A Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834

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                                    1. re: Curlz

                                      My son enjoyed Denville Flood Mud, while I personnally can recommended Chocolate Peanut Butter with Pretzels. So happy they are back!

                                      1. re: Curlz

                                        Denville had a great street festival on Sunday, lots of vendors there (including Sergio's, who is not open yet, but promises to re-open in the same location on Broadway), farmer's market, and live music. Denville Dairy was packed (we were #88, and they were serving 36), but delicious as always. Hubby had Denville Flood Mud, and I had the Cinnamon Bun. Now I need to go back for the Taste of Autumn. We are so happy that our downtown is *almost* back to normal. Come and support the local eateries - Second Half, Doc's, Yama Sushi, Mara's, Cafe Metro, and of course Denville Dairy.

                                        Yama Sushi
                                        5 E Main St Ste 5, Denville, NJ 07834

                                        Denville Dairy
                                        34A Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834

                                        Cafe Metro
                                        60 Diamond Spring Rd Ste 2, Denville, NJ 07834

                                      2. Caffe Galleria in Lambertville closed its location on South Main because of damage from Irene. The good news, however, is that the operation has moved to Lambertville House on Bridge Street.


                                        1. I was thinking about going to Sallie Tees in Monmouth Beach this weekend for dinner. Has anyone been since they reopened after suffering the damage from Hurricane Irene? Any opinions are greatly appreciated.

                                          1. Almost one year later, downtown Denville is totally hopping!! All the favorites are back (Sergio's, Denville Seafood, Denville Dairy), plus a some new places (Thatcher McGee's). It's so heartwarming to see all the folks patronizing these locally owned eateries. I hate to say this, but I think Irene turned out to be good for the town. Stop by and visit!