• Top News Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {March 11, 2018}

    Happy Sunday, Hoboken + Jersey City! Despite Wednesday’s freak snowstorm, it has been another busy week around the area. Uptown Hoboken welcomed Barbès Restaurant, Battello has plans to reopen, Salon 10N’s opening is right around the corner, and Hoboken Girl + Athleta hosted a night of fun and shopping – coincidentally enough on International Women’s Day. Grab your coffee and get ready to scroll — here are the top news stories from Hoboken and Jersey City:

    Battello to Reopen This Summer

    Both brides/grooms and local restaurant patrons can rejoice — Battello is said to be receiving keys to its property at the end of June, and they’ll be hopefully reopening shortly thereafter. A rep for the restaurant shared exclusively with Hoboken Girl, “the owners of Battello have been told by their landlord that they expect for them to be able to access the property on June 30th, but as with all things construction, there are no guarantees. From there, the team will get back to work, with the goal of having their doors open to the public by August.” We’re THRILLED to have them return to the growing Jersey City waterfront scene, and know many couples looking for a wedding venue will be as well.

    Mayor Bhalla Praises Bar Owners and HPD after Saturday’s LepreCon Events

    Although one LepreCon participant decided to take the party to the Hudson, Mayor Bhalla released a statement thanking local bar owners  and the Hoboken Police Department for keeping patrons safe and contained during last weekend’s LepreCon events. Police Chief Ken Ferrante stated,“In my 25 years of policing in Hoboken, this was the calmest I have ever seen the first Saturday of March…I am glad that no officers were injured during the event, and I thank Mayor Bhalla for supporting our officers and taking steps to ensure everyone’s safety.” Arrests during LepreCon decreased by 64 percent {from 11 to 4}, ambulance calls decreased by 18 percent {from 28 to 23}, and calls for service decreased by 21 percent {from 488 to 386} from 2017 to 2018. Additionally, New Jersey and Hoboken ABC Inspectors reported no violations in any of the bars that were inspected.

    Barbès Restaurant Opens in Uptown

    Barbès Restaurant officially opened last Tuesday at 1300 Park Avenue in Hoboken. While the fusion of French and Moroccan cuisines may seem unique to some, Barbès Restaurant is actually named after the famous Paris neighborhood at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur, known as a little piece of North Africa. If the name Barbès seems familiar, that’s because the restaurant was originally located in NYC. Fortunately for Hudson County, Barbès’ building was sold last year and the owners {former Hoboken residents} decided to reopen in the Mile Square. If you’re craving traditional French cuisine, items such as duck confit and steak au poivre with pommes frites are a must. Moroccan specialties will include couscous Marocain traditionnel {couscous with chicken or steak}, kefta tagine {lamb meatballs, French green peas, and Moroccan spices in a light tomato sauce}, and a variety of brochettes {skewers served with quinoa tabouleh or french fries}. Pricing is between $9-$15 for an app and $17-$29 for an entree — with specialty cocktails making an appearance on the menu as well. Click here to see more about our first visit there.

    Salon Gatto on TLC’s Say Yes: Wedding SOS

    Hoboken’s very own Salon Gatto has made it to prime time — TLC’s Say Yes: Wedding SOS {a spin-off of the popular show Say Yes To The Dress} follows style expert George Kotsiopoulos as he works to transform couples who have let themselves go prior to their wedding day. Kotsiopoulos partnered with Salon Gatto in the series finale to transform a local bride with long auburn hair. The episode aired on February 24th, but set your DVR to catch a re-run or stop in for your own Salon Gatto experience. Congrats, Christine + team!

    NJ Bars and Restaurant Unite Under New NJLBA Chapter

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    About 30 Hoboken bars and restaurants have united under a new chapter of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association (NJLBA) according to Patch. The NJLBA Executive Director Diane Weiss announced the formation of the new Hoboken group on Thursday stating, “By creating this new sub-chapter of the NJLBA, we will be able to bring together for the first time the more than 100 bar, tavern and restaurant owners in Hoboken and provide one-voice for their businesses…our Hoboken-based members are good community partners, and they want to make certain that the integrity of their liquor licenses are maintained and that their business investments are protected.” The Hoboken chapter plans to work with Hoboken’s mayor, chief of police and the law enforcement community, “to foster a productive dialogue and develop new and innovative programs and events, including family-friendly activities.”


    Hoboken Wine House Closes Unexpectedly

    Washington and 10th Street has lost yet another business.  This time Hoboken Wine House has shut its doors without giving warning to its patrons. The shop which opened in 2013 had a wide and upscale variety of wine, beer, and liquor and always kept a jar of treats behind the counter for their four-legged customers. Best of luck to the owners in their next endeavor.

    Pizza Vita is Opening a Brick + Mortar in Jersey City

    Pizza Vita is opening at 435 Palisade Avenue. The pizzeria and famed food truck currently has locations in Summit and Harborside Plaza, as well as pizza trucks that you’ll frequently see at Pier 13 and elsewhere. Pizza {red and white}, antipasti, salads, and pasta dinners will round out the newest location’s menu. No word yet on their opening day, but we will update you as soon as more information is announced.

    Mother Thrown Out of Court as Verdict is Read in Hoboken Rape Case

    Last week, Marcos Blandino, a 52-year-old man from Passaic, was acquitted of the most serious charges in the 2017 rape case against him. However, Blandino was found guilty of two counts of criminal sexual contact and one count of burglary, which carry potential prison sentences of up to five and 10 years. Upon the recitation of the verdict, the victim’s mother was thrown out of court for expressing her shock and dissatisfaction. Despite Blandino’s admission that he was in his van outside of the victim’s apartment and that he was the man who followed the woman into her apartment, DNA evidence was not strong enough to support all allegations against him. According to NJ.com, “Blandino will now undergo evaluation at the state’s Ann Klein Forensic Center in Trenton to determine if he is a compulsive and repetitive sexual offender. If it determined that he is, he can be held in custody even after serving his sentence if he is deemed to still be a threat.

    SophistiKate Hoboken {Salon} Opens

    Former Rebellations stylist, Kate Hawtin, has officially opened her own salon. SophistiKate, a boutique hair salon, is located at 105 Fifth Street and is open for business on Tuesday-Fridays from 11:00AM-8:00PM and Saturdays from 8:00AM-4:00PM. Whether you’re in the market for a new salon or not, follow SophistiKate on Instagram for some serious hair inspiration before your next cut or color.

    The LoDG – The Law of Donutgineering

    One of Hoboken’s best kept secrets is nestled into a commercial kitchen in downtown. The LoDG {The Law of Donutgineering} is a craft doughnut delivery service that is now open for business. The LoDG’s menu features six daily staples as well as the occasional “manager’s special.” Flavors such as Sweet & Fowl {Cajun seasoned, buttermilk fried chicken inside of a maple glazed, cake doughnut} and Pig N’ The Fig {Fig caramelized bacon over a delicious, fluffy yeast doughnut stuffed with cheesecake.} are just some of the flavors you can look forward to.  Orders can be placed online and all doughnuts are $4 each with a minimum order of three doughnuts. Stay tuned for further updates on this growing business.

    Birch Celebrates One Year Anniversary

    Last night Birch celebrated its one year anniversary in Hoboken. DJ Cream made sure that the celebrations continued throughout the night and patrons were treated to free entry before 11PM. From their bottomless brunches to booze-infused gelato, Birch has certainly shaken up the Hoboken downtown scene in a big way. Happy Anniversary, Birch!

    Salon 10N Soon to Open in Hamilton Park

    Coming soon to Hamilton Park, Jersey City is Salon 10N. The salon has been keeping Instagram followers up to date on their construction journey and previews of the space definitely gives a modern yet relaxing vibe {14 foot ceilings, cement flooring, and hand-screened wallpaper from a local vendor in Brooklyn…sigh}. Product lines will include Davines – an Italian engineered brand best known for sourcing natural ingredients in a sustainable way. Be sure to follow Salon 10N on Instagram for all the latest updates on their opening day.

    Calabro School Raises Funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

    The 119 students at Calabro Elementary School have raised $7,496 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) through its Pennies For Patients Campaign. The Pennies for Patients program is a fundraiser designed for elementary and middle schools that would like to support LLS’s mission to create a world without cancer. The activity was also a part of Calabro’s anti-bullying efforts and a way to show kindness to others. Donations were raised through coin boxes and online fundraising. From making an hanging posters, to decorating classroom donation boxes, to collecting the funds – the students were truly at the heart of every effort of this fundraiser.

    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street news roundup for your Sunday. Hope you have a great one.

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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.

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