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Blu and next door closed for 8 weeks

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I understand that Chef Arifai is reopening Daryl in New Brunswick for 8 weeks and closing Blu and Next Door for 8 weeks. Doesn't seem like a good thing for the Montclair restaurants, but he can't clone himself. Hope it works out at both sites.

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  1. For the record, I had a conversation with Zod, and the Montclair closing IS temporary; it's strictly to get Daryl up and running, and then he'll be back!

    1. If he doesn't have a support staff in place that's capable of keeping the other ships afloat while he starts a new project then he shouldn't be starting a new project! What happens after 8 weeks? Sounds like a recipe for disaster...

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      1. re: JerZ Wine Geek

        I think he's the main player at his Montclair restaurants, thus the temporary closing. Presumably he's going to get the new place up and running and implement a staff capable of handling the operation.

        1. re: tommy

          Exactly. Hence the Exec Chef title at Daryl, vs. the chef/owner title in Montclair.

      2. Next Door will reopen on Tues Jan. 24th. Blu is reopening on Thurs, Feb. 2nd.

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        1. re: Curlz

          Glad to hear it!