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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 12:31 PM

Bergen Record says opening day is April 1.

Chef will be Chris Albrecht. I enjoyed his cooking at Eno Terra. Looks like a significantly updated room.

http://www.northjers...ril-1-1.1520888
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Posted 28 April 2016 - 03:04 PM

Rosie confirms the opening in this collection of pieces

 

http://njmonthly.com...t-new-addition/


“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
Niccolò Machiavelli

#3 Rail Paul

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 09:23 PM

Elisa Ung awards 2.5 stars, and finds a clearly mixed offer. Poorly trained staff, only 84 wines, down from 1700. Some items lacked character.


http://www.northjers...rford-1.1647214
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Niccolò Machiavelli

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 07:42 PM

NY Times gave it a Very Good.  As with Elisa Ung's review, the poor training of the staff detracted from a generally superb meal.  The picture with the article shows a completely different looking room than the old high school cafeteria that used to be there.

 

(My real question - where did all the great wine go?  There were 1700 different labels on the old list, there are 80 some now.  Is Buddy at home, drinking it?)

 

 

What We Liked Parmesan biscuits, burrata appetizer, fried oyster sandwich, Cacio e pepe pasta, five-mushroom Bolognese, Southern fried chicken, chocolate soufflé, brownie hot fudge sundae and cheesecake with blueberry-fennel jam.

 

This should be Marisa Rothkopf Bates' last review for the weekend section.

 

http://www.nytimes.c...pe=sectionfront


“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
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Posted 13 September 2016 - 02:19 AM

Rosie Saferstein offers a cautiously positive review of her meal. Spicing was off on some dishes, but several were wonderful.

 

https://njmonthly.co...k/park-orchard/


“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
Niccolò Machiavelli

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 03:49 PM

http://www.boozyburb...es-temporarily/

 

Park and Orchard temporarily closed?
 
According to a story at Boozy Burbs...Park and Orchard has closed for the month of January. It is announced on the restaurant's website as well.
 
More concerning -- a message on their voicemail stated that they currently could not take reservations and that they would be reopening at the end of the month.
 
All of this after they just reopened last April with new owners. The story notes that the opening chef, Christopher Albrecht has left -- but this temporary closing seems to have happened very quickly as an expanded Sunday brunch was just announced to kick in as soon as next week. In short, very odd and unexpected apparently.


#7 Rail Paul

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 04:48 PM

Interesting.

 

There's a posting on their face book page which is from a small business owner who is trying to get paid for kitchen duct cleaning work done at the end of 2016.

 

And, they're still selling gift certificates.


“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
Niccolò Machiavelli

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 05:20 PM

I didn't see that posting Paul, although I am not a facebook guy, LOL.

 

Whatever it is -- it doesn't sound promising. New/enhanced menu, being kicked off next week, and next thing you know they close, for the entire month.

 

The owner -- "the investor" -- seems to be well known, having been involved in the purchase of the Saddle River Inn. I don't know the details, however he seems to play the game at a high level and knows the business. 



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Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:03 PM

Park and Orchard is closed for good. There are no further details.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 04:31 PM

Below is the latest update from nj.com.

 

UPDATE: Original owner Ken Gebhardt tells NJ.com on Monday that he and his brother Buddy plan to put the business back on the market, and says they have already heard from more than a dozen interested parties, mostly established restaurateurs looking to take over the space: "Hopefully the next person will be as lucky as we were." 



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 04:49 PM

Back on the market? They got it back? I wonder how, why, etc. 

Thanks for the heads up.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 05:22 PM

Back on the market? They got it back? I wonder how, why, etc. 

Thanks for the heads up.

They never gave up ownership of the place. They just sold the name & liquor license.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 05:37 PM

The  Gebhards received a significantly improved piece of property, that's for sure.  The old place was a dump, no other way to describe it.

 

Like a high school cafeteria with its own wine cellar attached, actually.


“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
Niccolò Machiavelli

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 03:55 AM

 

Back on the market? They got it back? I wonder how, why, etc. 

Thanks for the heads up.

They never gave up ownership of the place. They just sold the name & liquor license.

 

 

That part I understand -- they sold "the business" -- that being the name, liquor license, etc. The new operators opened, ran it, etc. -- right?

 

However, somehow, they got it back -- took the place back, whatever you want to call it. So, they are now looking to "sell" it again. That is what I was questioning. So, what happened here? Thanks.



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 01:13 PM

It's possible that the deal originally included a building lease with no rent for a year etc in return for lease holder improvements. These flowed back to the original owner.
“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
Niccolò Machiavelli