Two new businesses opened up in Hoboken on opposite sides of the city in the last few days, a week that also saw a long-time establishment revamp their menu, a new restaurant set an opening date, and a beloved bar provide a “teaser” of things to come.
Jun’s Macaron Gelato at 410 Washington Street officially opened its doors on Monday last week. The establishment is appropriately named; they sell various flavors of macarons and also make their own gelato in-house. Their frozen desserts come in many fruit flavors like raspberry or pear and in more standard ones like vanilla and mint chocolate, but Jun’s also features more unique gelato offerings like Tiramisu, Amaretto and Stratiatella (vanilla ice cream infused with fine chocolate flakes).
On the city’s west side, the also straightforwardly-named Pizzeria Hoboken started serving hungry customers. The business, which is being run by the owners of Old Lorenzo’s, took over space at 8th and Jefferson Streets previously occupied by Blow Out Zone salon. The restaurant serves pizzas, salads and other Italian fare, also featuring burgers and sandwiches on their menu.
Hoboken mainstay Maxwell’s also started the first part of their menu revamp last Wednesday. The legendary club was taken over by a trio of new owners in 2014 and in recent months, the group has spent considerable time reorganizing their kitchen and menu. They will now offer food on a nightly basis and announced a new bar menu as the first phase last Wednesday.
Further uptown, the latest venture from Pino Hospitality has set a September opening date. Porter Collins, located at 15th Street and Willow Avenue, will serve diners “inventive American cuisine in an expansive, stylish, mid-century modern space.” The restaurant, designed by Robert Feinstein of Studio One Architects, will seat 180 patrons.
Porter Collins will feature a spacious dining area flanked by two cocktail bars, a raw bar, and a private event space. The kitchen will feature a wood-burning oven and be open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch on the weekends and a late night menu as well. Amenities like tableside cocktail service and regular live music will also be featured at the space.
And last but certainly not least, neighborhood favorite Northern Soul looks like they’re close to finding a new home. The 1st Street bar, which closed their doors in May following a landlord dispute, posted this image to their Instagram account on July 13th, giving hope to fans of their live music and open mic nights that the bar will be coming back in some form fairly soon.