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Local business owners aim to attract visitors from all over Essex County


Bloomfield’s vibrant restaurant scene is one of the “best-kept secrets in New Jersey” according to Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill – but at Thursday’s Restaurant Week kick-off, he predicted it won’t be a secret for much longer.

The press conference formally launched Bloomfield’s first-ever Restaurant Week, with township officials, sponsors and local business owners on hand to introduce the idea to the public. 

“It’s a great idea,” said McCarthy, who called the event “a great day for Bloomfield.” 

In addition to McCarthy and Gill, Councilman Michael Venezia and Restaurant Committee member Linda Barucky spoke briefly to the attendees who filled the upstairs banquet room at Senorita’s Restaurant on Glenwood Avenue. 

“This will bring people back to the community,” said McCarthy.  “This will make people understand what we’ve been trying to do for years now, which is make Bloomfield the jewel of Essex County.”

In all, 24 local dining establishments will participate in Restaurant Week March 4-10.  All will be offering special fixed price menus with an eye toward serving high quality, delicious meals at discounted rates.  

“I’m really excited,” said Francesco Palmieri, owner of the popular Orange Squirrel Restaurant.  “I’ve been to Restaurant Weeks in New York and other places.  When I know a good restaurant is offering something more economical, I jump at that.”

Palmieri said he will be serving lunch and dinner specials at $10 per course, for two- or three-course meals. For example, during Restaurant Week a 3-course dinner at the Orange Squirrel would cost $30 for a "9-ounce dry-aged ribeye steak, seared and served alongside potato-cheese puffs with truffle essence," followed by coffee and a dessert.

“We’ve seen great success all over Essex County with Restaurant Weeks,” said Gill, “in the city of Newark and my hometown, Montclair, and there’s no reason we can’t do it here in Bloomfield. . . I hope [we can do it even] better.  We have 24 participating restaurants, which I think is just a testament to the economic development that’s happening here in the city of Bloomfield.  There’s no question in my mind – no question -- that Bloomfield is on the rise and coming back in a big way.”

The 5-member Bloomfield Restaurant Week Committee has been hard at work organizing the event since they were appointed several months ago by the mayor. Restaurant Week Committee includes Palmieri, Andreas Quesada (owner of Seniorita’s), Linda Barucky, Kathy DeMarino and Nancy Zimmerman.  Marie Palladino has also assisted in the preparations.

The 24 participating restaurants are:


Anthony's Cheesecake Cafe 

Bar Cara 

Bella Napoli 

Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House 


Boonsong Thai 

Brookside Thai 

Casa Turano 

Fitzgerald's 1928


Mes Reves 


Obal's Inn 

Orange Squirrel 



Spice Thai 


Taqueria Autentica

Turano Pizzeria and Restaurant

Town Pub


Vinnie's Pizzeria

Barucky noted at the press conference, “We have a lot of great restaurants and support, but without our sponsors it wouldn’t be possible.” 

Venezia, who originally introduced the idea to the town council, acknowledged each sponsor by name in his speech.  The list of sponsors includes:


Excel Credit Union

Provident Bank


Investors Savings Bank

Vinnie’s Pizzeria

Murdoch Shoes

McCarthy’s Appraisals


Fitzgerald’s 1928

Mes Reves

Nevada Diner

Generazio Associates

Chalet Real Estate

Enterprise Bank

Town Pub

Poliner Selections

Bloomfield College

Councilman Michael Venezia

Freeholder Brendan Gill

Dee’s Shell Auto Body

PNC Bank

Bloomfield Unico



Check Patch often in the coming weeks for complete coverage of Restaurant Week, including information on participating establishments, sample menus and prices.


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