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Chez Catherine Renovation Nearing Completion

Chez Catherine Renovation Nearing Completion

After 38 years, Chez Catherine, a Westfield institution, is undergoing a complete renovation.  In addition to the dining rooms, many improvements including a new heating and air conditioning system will provide a more comfortable and quieter experience year ‘round.

The restaurant welcomed the third owners in its history in October 2016 when Stephane Bocket, a familiar face and long serving Maitre d’Hotel, joined with partner Michael Cowan to purchase the business from Didier Jouvenet. Planning for the renovation began well before the temporary closing with big ideas and dreams. For years Stephane had been waiting his turn to run this French fine dining institution. His dream was to give it more of a feel of Provence.

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Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors on Social Media Can Be Damaging to Our Downtown

Rumors can be a terribly damaging form of communication. Rumors spread on social media are no exception, and only serve to amplify the negative effects on people and businesses. 

Recently our office has received an increased level of questions about store closings based on rumors on social media. While we can in some cases confirm news about stores not renewing their leases or planning to close, the majority of rumors we hear and read are false! Rumors about some of our downtown chain stores and restaurants closing are most often not true and we are baffled by who would start such rumors and why. The businesses affected are themselves confused about where the rumors started and are forced into damage control mode to convince customers they are doing fine.

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Shopping Best Bets

Shopping Best Bets

South Moon Under

South Moon Under's Annual Swim Event takes place March 3-27 and features 15% off swimwear and cover ups. New this year, they now sell all two piece swimwear as separates! Additionally, customers can visit the store or online at http://bit.ly/2kvx9qq to enter to win the 'Best Beach Bag Ever' worth over $500! 249 E. Broad St., 908.518.1509. www.southmoonunder.com

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor will be hosting their Friends and Family event from Thursday, March 2 - Monday, March 6. Stop by and enjoy 40% off your purchase (certain exclusions apply) as well as 20% off for signing up for an Ann Taylor credit card. These discounts are only for a limited time so stop by and enjoy some great discounts on all of their new arrivals. They will be also hosting a private shopping event after the store is closed on Monday, March 6 from 8-10pm. Refreshments will be served. Contact the store to RSVP to the after hours event. 167 E. Broad St., 908.232.2393. www.anntaylor.com

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine is gearing up for Spring! Shop new plants, jewelry and gifts at the boutique. Enjoy a one day sale to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, with 20% off all things green (excludes plants and flowers)!  Learn floral design at any of their March classes - call for a schedule and details. 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393. www.shopbluejasmine.com

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Celebrate with the Irish! Live Music and More on St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate with the Irish! Live Music and More on St. Patrick's Day

You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! There are lots of things to eat, drink and enjoy this month in Westfield to get into the lucky spirit. The Downtown Westfield Corporation is sponsoring live Irish music by The Michael Craig Band inside 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro (at 16 Prospect St.) from 2:00pm-4:30pm on March 17th. Come enjoy the music while you sip a pint of Guinness, then shop and stroll in town to take in the festive offerings. Many restaurants and merchants are going green in some way on that day. Here's a sampling. Erin go Bragh! 

  • Head to Bridget's Irish Cottage (15 E. Broad St., 908.789.0909) for all things Irish. They are offering a Blarney Castle Navy Blue/Shamrock-Ireland Sweater for $35 (regularly $69). 
  • Savor a green apple martini at Akai Sushi Lounge (10E. Broad St., 908.264.8660).
  • Enjoy shamrock cookies and themed cakes at Carlo's Bakery (21 E. Broad St., 908.228.5525).
  • Get your Irish soda bread and green sprinkle cookies at Bovella's Pastry Shoppe (101 E. Broad St., 908.232.4149).
  • Try an Irish whiskey or a pint of Guinness at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro (16 Prospect St., 908.232.7320).
  • Sip an Irish coffee at Sweet Waters Steak House (43 Elm St., 908.317.2599).
  • Enjoy a green bagel, Taylor ham, egg and cheese at 50% off at Rock n Joe Coffee Bar (20 Prospect St., 908.232.1660).
  • Enjoy 20% off all things green in jewelry and gifts at Blue Jasmine (23 Elm St., 908.232.2393.
  • Enjoy 17% off the entire store at Learning Express Toys (104 Quimby St., 908.233.1381). 
  • Get green bagels at Manhattan at Manhattan Bagel (210 South Ave. W., 908.654.0525).
  • Let's Yo is offering 15% off your yogurt purchase March 17-19 (121 E. Broad St., 908.233.8800). 
  • Savor some special tastings at Savory Spice Shop (138 E. Broad St., 908.264.8947).

*Check back for more details as St. Patrick’s Day approaches.

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Dine Out Westfield Food & Wine Event Continues Through March 9

Dine Out Westfield Food & Wine Event Continues Through March 9

It's time to eat & drink! The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is pleased to sponsor Dine Out Westfield February 26 through March 09, 2017. Over twenty restaurants are participating this winter to offer wonderful menus at affordable prices. Restaurants are offering two and three-course prix-fixe menus specially priced for lunch and/or dinner, many with wine pairing options. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included unless otherwise noted. Menus are published in advance (when available) for you to review before making your reservation.

What's New this year? Dine Out Westfield is now a Food & Wine Event with wine pairing menus and recommendations. Participating restaurants with liquor licenses are offering options for wine pairings along with their food menus. Some wineries are selling bottles of wine in several restaurants. Local liquor stores NosVino and The Liquor Basket will be making wine recommendations for other restaurants and offering discounts and tableside delivery if you order in advance! 

Browse the list of participating restaurants below to find one that fits your appetite and your budget. Then call the restaurant directly for reservations. Bon Appetit!

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Food & Wine: Valentine's Day Reservations, Super Bowl Catering & More

Food & Wine: Valentine's Day Reservations, Super Bowl Catering & More

This month is all about Valentine's menus, catering for Super Bowl, coffee deals and wine recommendations. 

Valentine's Dinner at Xocolatz 

Join Xocolatz on February 14 for a special Valentine's Day menu including complimentary non-alcoholic Passion Fruit mimosas and a romantic four-course dinner, $40 per person. See the menu on their website. In addition, let Xocolatz help you celebrate the playoffs with an unforgettable Super Bowl party. Plan ahead and order your party trays. Hot and cold appetizers, salads and sandwich platters and more are available. See their full catering menu online. 235 Elmer St., 908.232.3962. www.xocolatznj.com 

A Romantic Dinner at Limani Seafood Grill 

Limani is offering a romantic dinner Tuesday evening, February 14. Enjoy their regular menu plus Valentine's day specials a la carte and chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. (Bring your own champagne or wine.) Call for details and reservations. 235 North Ave. W., 908.233.0052. www.njyp.com/limaniseafoodgrill 

Prix Fixe Valentine's Dinner at Chez Catherine 

Chez Catherine will celebrate Valentine's Day in style with a special 3-course dinner on Tuesday, February 14. Their $80 per person prix fixe meal features lobster bisque, filet mignon and chocolate mousse cheesecake. Along with your wonderful meal, enjoy an amuse bouche and coffee. See their menu online. Reservations begin at 5pm and are a must. 431 North Ave., 908.654.4011. www.chezcatherine.com  

Special Farm to Table Valentine's Dinner at Mulberry House Restaurant 

Mulberry House is offering a special 5-course Valentine's menu on February 14 by reservation (only). Seatings are available at 7pm or 7:30pm. The delicious 5-course menu is $75 per person plus tax & gratuity. Courses include truffled potato soup, root vegetable salad, roasted salmon, seared filet mignon and a Valentine's dessert plate. Remember to bring your special bottle of wine or Champagne to enjoy with your meal. Make your reservation today! View the full menu online. 415 Westfield Ave., 908.233.3562.  www.mulberryhouserestaurant.com 

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Shopping for Valentine's Day Gifts in Westfield NJ

Shopping for Valentine's Day Gifts in Westfield NJ

Look no further than Downtown Westfield for the perfect gift for the important people in your life on Valentine's Day. Here are some great places to get the essentials. Show your love for your Valentine and our downtown at the same time!

Flowers:

Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique - 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393; Flower Art by Design Contempo - 103 Prospect St., 908.301.0300; The Green Room - 227 Elmer St., 908.518.0400; Trader Joe's - 155 Elm St., 908.301.0910; Stop & Shop - 219 Elm St., 908.232.1292

Chocolates:

Brummer's Chocolates - 125 E. Broad St., 908.232.1904; The Chocolate Bar -112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000; Kilwins - 9 Elm St., 908.264.7476

Champagne:

NosVino - 127 Central Ave., 232.5050; The Liquor Basket - 115 Quimby St., 908.232.1900; Trader Joe's - 155 Elm St., 908.301.0910; Westfield Wine & Liquors - 276 North Ave. E., 908.232.1133

Fine Jewelry:

Adler's Jewelers - 219 North Ave. W., 908.233.6900; Gordin & Sons Jewelers - 135 E. Broad St., 908.232.0736; Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave., 908.233.6600; N & C Jewelers - 102 Quimby St., 908.233.3380; Robert Anthony Jewelry - 254 E. Broad St., 908.317.5800; Tamar Jewelry - 55 Elm St., 908.317.0180

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Dine Out Westfield is Now a Food & Wine Event

Dine Out Westfield is Now a Food & Wine Event

Coming February 26-March 9, 2017

Dine Out Westfield, the popular Restaurant Week event sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation, is now offering wine pairing menus and recommendations. Participating restaurants with liquor licenses will be offering options for wine pairings along with their food menus. Local liquor stores NosVino and The Liquor Basket will be making wine recommendations for other restaurants. NosVino will even deliver a wine bottle tableside if you order in advance! 

Dine Out Westfield offers diners great deals on tasty prix fixe lunch or dinner menus (or both) from February 26-March 9, 2017. Price and number of courses vary by restaurant, so browse to find one that fits your appetite and your budget. Tax and gratuity not included. Call the restaurant directly for reservations.


Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Dine Out Westfield is organized twice per year and most all of Westfield NJ's restaurants are happy to offer special menus with value for food lovers.

Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and view the list of participating restaurants at www.westfieldtoday.com.

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Duke’s Deli & Convenience in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

Duke’s Deli & Convenience in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

Duke’s Deli, a shop with a long history in Westfield, reopened recently under new owners Asad and Sofia Hussain as Duke's Deli & Convenience. The couple, with staff and their family, celebrated Saturday with free tastings of Indian and Pakistani food and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Andy Skibitsky, representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The original Duke’s Deli was a Westfield staple, known for its sub sandwiches. That restaurant closed more than 10 years ago and has since been both a pasta bar and a bakery. Duke’s was resurrected in the same spot, 339 South Avenue West (across from the train station) by former Duke’s employee Dominic DeStefanis in 2015.

 

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Westfield Allstate Agency Celebrates Grand Opening at New Location

Westfield Allstate Agency Celebrates Grand Opening at New Location

Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Agency celebrated its move from the circle in Downtown Westfield to the newly renovated 100-year-old Victorian house at 502 East Broad St. with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday. Among the attendees were Mayor Andy Skibitsky, representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, friends and family.

"My agency team and I are excited to finally be in our new building,” owner Ron Bansky said. “It was great to see so many of our friends and customers at our open house. We were also grateful for the support from Allstate, the town of Westfield, the Westfield Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation. We look forward to serving our customers and the community for years to come at our new location. "

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