Lots of change on the Verona food scene this week: The space formerly occupied by Hobcaw Cafe has been rented to a new eatery and a vegan cafe has put up a “coming soon” sign on the storefront between Avenue Bistro Pub and Berman Home Systems on Bloomfield Avenue. But Tortilla Sunrise, which was in the same strip mall as Hobcaw, has closed and its space is up for rent.
The name of the cafe is Positivitea, and word is that it will serve tea and natural drinks along with vegan food. The storefront, which had previously been occupied by the Lily of the Valley flower shop, had been vacant for about a year. No word yet on when Positivitea will open.
Details are also light on the new eatery for the Hobcaw space, though Raj, the operator of the Krauszer’s store in the plaza who is also the building’s landlord says it is trying for an April opening. Hobcaw, which had served southern-inspired food, closed in September 2012 after a little more than two years in business.
Tortilla Sunrise closed last week. Its Web site has been taken down and there have been no new posts on its Twitter feed in more than two months. The Mexican restaurant got a new owner, John Orr, in August 2011, who made a few tweaks to the menu created by Tortilla’s founders, Steve and Meryl Connelly.
Raj says that he has already received several inquiries about the Tortilla Sunrise place. If you are looking to get into the restaurant business, ask for him at Krauszer’s.
And check out the VJ Plaza; another Pizza parlor will replace Mardi Gras. Just what we need; another Pizza place
And I am sure he is not charging him the same 7k per month that he was charging me…
While change is good, the town makes it very difficult to keep a business going, many hoops to jump through, what we need is an anchor store, whether it be food or retail.
An anchor store can be helpful, but it is no substitute for a business-friendly atmosphere on the part of government. New York City has developed a model program called NYC Business Express, http://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/businessexpress . Maybe somebody needs to look at how that can be replicated here.