A trying process that included over 18 months of renovations and a global pandemic will finally conclude this weekend with the addition of a new restaurant to Hoboken’s culinary scene.
Way back in October 2019, we broke the news about the impending arrival of Olivia’s at 1038 Garden Street. The endeavor comes courtesy of Grand Vin’s Mike Gallucci, who told Jersey Digs that the restaurant will boast “an upscale concept” that he hopes will become a local destination.
An overhaul of former Sasso’s Deli looked to transform the 1,038-square-foot space. Designed by Hoboken-based OLMK Architects, the main dining area on the first floor features a 10-seat bar plus seating for 52 patrons at tables. While capacity limits stemming from COVID-19 are still in effect, the restaurant plans to feature an outdoor café during the warmer months.
Food at Olivia’s looks to showcase diverse flavors inspired by Latin and Mediterranean cuisine, including influences from Spain to the south of France to Peru. Items teased on the restaurant’s Instagram account include a ceviche, although the eatery has yet to release a full menu on their website.
Ownership behind Olivia’s had initially intended to open last spring, but COVID-19 altered those plans significantly. The good news is the restaurant weathered the storm that was 2020 and is slated to open for the first time later today at 5 p.m. for walk-ins only.
Reservations are not yet being taken at Olivia’s, who plans to offer a weekend brunch service as its launch continues. The restaurant can be followed on Instagram at the handle @olivias_nj.