Library Offers 'Taste' of Local Restaurants

Belleville and Nutley restaurants included in Belleville Library event.

For anyone looking to sample some of the best restaurants in Belleville and Nutley, a taste is coming your way at the Belleville Public Library. This year’s event will also unveil the remodeling of the library’s original facade. 

The Library’s Taste of Belleville 2012 continues a recent tradition of bringing the best specialty foods from the Belleville and Nutley area’s best eateries for one night every spring, according to Joan Taub, library director. 

The event is Friday, April 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and guests will be treated to an extra surprise. 

The library’s original façade was built in the early 20th Century, but was later covered up when the building was remodeled three decades ago. Now the old façade has been restored. 

The Belleville Public Library was started more than 170 years ago by German immigrants known as “Latin Farmers.” In 1916, the library’s present location was dedicated, with the building donated by the Carnegie Foundation.

The building was dedicated with the agreement that township officials would provide a site and pledge to maintain the library. In 1973, a two-story addition was added to the original Carnegie Library, and the library obtained funds to have the original façade restored in the last few years. 

“For many people, it will be the first time they’ve seen the façade,” Taub said.

Taub said the event has been very successful for the last several years.

“It’s a big draw every year,” she said. “We hope it is as successful this year.”

She said up to 25 restaurants may participate, but the final list was still developing. Belleville’s best known restaurants, Nanina’s In the Park, and the Chandelier, will share food for the event, as in years past. American Bistro in Nutley has also participated each year, Taub said.

Tickets are on sale at the Circulation Desk of the Library. Tickets are $20, Taub said. Those interested can stop in at the library, at 221 Washington Avenue or call 973-450-3434 for information.









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