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Restaurant Hunter from FiOS1 News Reviews Two Westfield Restaurants: Chez Catherine & Limani Seafood Grill

Restaurant Hunter from FiOS1 News Reviews Two Westfield Restaurants: Chez Catherine & Limani Seafood Grill

Emmy winner Christine Sloan searches for the best eats in New Jersey. Her segment airs Thursdays at 8pm on Verizon FiOS1 News. On january 18, 2018 she aired a Westfield segment and reviewed two of our Downtown restaurants. 

"French Cuisine with a Flair" 

Watch what Restaurant Hunter had to say about Chez Catherine (431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011). She talks with French owner Stephane Bocket about his intimate restaurant, escargot, dover sole filleted tableside, his mother's chocolate mousse, and chef Christine's Grand Marnier souffle. Watch it here: www.fios1news.com/newjersey/restaurant-hunter-chez-catherine-westfield

"Flavorful Dishes at Limani Seafood Grill" 

Check out this awesome segment on Flavorful Dishes at Limani Seafood Grill (235 North Avenue W., 908.233.0052). It features Limani's flavorful Greek dishes (including their Shrimp Santorini) and showcases owners George and Vasilia Vastardis. Watch it here:  

www.fios1news.com/newjersey/restaurant-hunter-limani-seafood-grill-westfield 

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Dine Out Westfield - Downtown Westfield's Annual Prix Fixe Culinary Event with Fresh New Options 

Dine Out Westfield - Downtown Westfield's Annual Prix Fixe Culinary Event with Fresh New Options 

Attention foodies! This year Dine Out Westfield will be held Sunday, February 25 - Thursday, March 8, 2018. 

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) sponsors Dine Out Westfield to celebrate local dining at affordable prices. Participating restaurants offer two or more course prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner. Participating restaurants' menus will be published in advance (when available) for review before making a reservation. This event spans two weeks, with Friday and Saturday excluded. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included.

Dine Out Westfield is an annual culinary event with various wine and liquor options. Participating restaurants with liquor licenses will be making recommendations for wines, beers and cocktails along with their food menus. Several wineries sell wines by the bottle in a handful of our restaurants. Local liquor stores NosVino and The Liquor Basket are making wine recommendations for other BYOB restaurants and are offering discounts for sales by the bottle. NosVino will even deliver wine bottles tableside to those who order in advance! 

This event offers diners great deals on tasty prix fixe lunch and dinner menus with unique and varied offerings. Prices and number of courses vary by restaurant, so diners are encouraged to browse the list and find one that fits their appetite and budget before calling the restaurant directly for reservations.

Many thanks to Mayor Brindle's Media Council for creating the wonderful Dine Out Westfield video!

See the list of participating restaurants and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below. Don't forget to post your dining photos on Instagram #dineoutwestfield. Bon Appetit!

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Interested in Opening a Business in Westfield?

Interested in Opening a Business in Westfield?

Are you interested in opening a business in Downtown Westfield? It's hard to know where to start. Call the Downtown Westfield Corporation for a Recruitment Packet (908-789-9444) and/or feel free to access any of these helpful links:  

download our informational 'Opening a Business' PDF (with a step by step guide)

download the 'Façade Renovation Incentive Grant Program' PDF  (to read about and apply for grant money toward your sign, awning or building facade work)

browse the current vacancy list for available retail/restaurant & commercial space in Downtown Westfield

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Grand Openings in January 2018

Grand Openings in January 2018

Nails Spa & Beyond is now open at 125 Elm Street, next to Addams Tavern. They just completed a beautiful renovation and this location in Westfield is this experienced operator's fourth location. 908.455.8111. www.nailsspabeyond.com

Coming Soon: 

Ambeli Greek Taverna of Cranford is opening a second location in Westfield at 39 Elm St. (in the former location of Butcher Burgers). 908.272.4111. Facebook

Boxwood Coffee Roastery is coming soon to 143 E. Broad St. (in the location formerly Panera). Boxwood Coffee is a family run coffee shop and roaster based in Summit, NJ established in 2014 by husband and wife team Stephen and Erin Bellamy. www.boxwoodcoffee.com

CrossFit 908 Central is opening in March at 260 North Ave. E. in the Walgreens building. www.crossfit908central.com

Little Nest Portraits is coming to 109 Quimby St. Little Nest takes a unique and fresh approach to family photos, specializing in babies, maternity, children and families. 917.941.1782. www.littlenestphoto.com

Signature Realty will open at 236 Elmer St. at corner of North Ave. (in former location of J. Winthrop). The Planning Board approved their office plan in early December 2017. Read more on TAPintoWestfield. www.signaturerealtynj.com  

YESTERcades, a classic and modern video game arcade, is excited to announce that coming Spring 2018 YESTERcades of Westfield will be opening at 151 E. Broad St., formerly City Sports. Please follow YESTERcades Facebook page for updates. 

Restoration:

First Congregational Church of Westfield is celebrating the new year with a newly restored parish house. Hidden from view for over 40 years, Patton hall's window wall and skylight are once again exposed, filling the room with natural light.  The soaring space, warmed by dark wood trim, forms the heart of the church's social events and may be rented out for private meetings and celebrations for up to 120 people. 125 Elm St., 908.233.2494. Read more.

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Recap of 2017 Openings & Expansions

Recap of 2017 Openings & Expansions
As we look back at the happenings in our downtown this past year, we can't help but remark on all the new businesses that have come to town and some of the existing businesses that have thrived and expanded. Despite some obvious challenges our downtown faces, take a peak with us at some of the positive things that have happened in 2017 (in alphabetical order)....
 
Amazing Lash Studio opened at 225 E. Broad St. www.amazinglashstudio.com
 
AR Workshop, a graphic design, DIY blog and shop, opened at 226 North Ave W. (next to Kennedy's Barber Shop). www.arworkshop.com/westfield

Blende Custom Beauty opened at 106 Elm St. after completing a beautiful restoration. www.blendebeauty.com
 
Bella Organici expanded from their Cranford location to 519 South Ave.W. www.bellaorganici.com 
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Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Mayor Shelley Brindle and New Council Members Sworn In

Welcome Mayor Shelley Brindle and new council members! It was a frigid yet exciting and historic inauguration ceremony on January 1, 2018 as Westfield swore in its first female mayor. Also sworn in were new town council members Linda Habgood, Mike Dardia, David Contract & Dawn Mackey. They joined existing council members JoAnn Neylan, Mark LoGrippo, Frank Arena and Doug Stokes. A crowd of several hundred people were on hand to witness the event at the Town Hall Front Lawn, 425 E. Broad Street. 

DWC welcomes to our Board of Directors Jim Donofrio, Gary Goodman, Miriam Verga, Patricia Hanigan, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey and Mayor Shelley Brindle. They join existing board members Alan De Rose, Shawn Hanna and James Gildea. Click here for the board meeting schedule.

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DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

DWC Announces Winners of Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest in Downtown Westfield

The Downtown Westfield Corporation announced the winners of their "Best Holiday Window Decorating Contest". Many downtown businesses did a fabulous job decorating their spaces and the DWC sponsored the contest to reward their efforts and encourage everyone to participate in beautifying our town for the holidays. Businesses were asked to make their window displays and storefronts the very best this year, with garland and bows, wreaths and lights, artistic props, and lots of beautiful merchandise in their windows.

Volunteer judges from the DWC Design Committee walked around town as a group on December 19 to see all the beautiful window displays and make their final selections.

The Grand Prize went to……

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Grand Openings in December

Grand Openings in December

Bella Organici expanded from their Cranford location to 519 South Avenue W. (directly next door to Dirt Clean Culture Beauty Shop). Bella Organici specializes in organic facials, organic spray tans, body treatments, lasers and microneedles. 908.313.8232. www.bellaorganici.com

1958 Cuban Cuisine is celebrating their Grand Opening on Sunday, December 3 with good food, music and entertainment 4pm-8pm. Ribbon cutting at 4pm. 301 South Ave. W., 908.232.3187.  Facebook  

Cory Mathews salon for men is open at 309 South Ave. W. They expanded to Westfield from Cranford and offer the ultimate men's experience, from wash to shave and everything in between. 908.276.1840. www.cory-mathews.com

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Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

Welcome New Mayor Shelley Brindle & Council Members!

 

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) would like to congratulate Shelley Brindle on becoming the first female Mayor of Westfield and our next fearless leader! We look forward to engaging with her and new council members David Contract, Michael Dardia, Linda Habgood and Dawn Mackey to solve some of our current challenges and partner for an exciting and prosperous future. The staff and volunteer committees look forward to working with them and existing council members Frank Arena, Jo Ann Neylan, Mark LoGrippo and Doug Stokes. 

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Holiday Entertainment & Festivities Continue Downtown Throughout December

Holiday Entertainment & Festivities Continue Downtown Throughout December

Holiday Entertainment 

The DWC sponsors family entertainment during the holidays in December, typically on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The fun roaming musical entertainment has been a Westfield tradition for decades and includes Yuletide Carolers, Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Band, NJ Workshop for the Arts Alphorns and Brass Quintet, The Harmonics and Barbershop Quartet. Schedule of events for 2016 is as follows: 

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