Glen Rock will be gaining a restaurant later this month or early next month with the opening of Stone & Rail. Using the space priorly occupied by the Greek Taverna restaurant at 175 Rock Road, Stone & Rail is located in a strip mall, next to a variety of businesses. These include a bank, deli, nail salon, lamp shop, dry cleaner, and the anchor tenant, CVS Pharmacy.
Owners Brian Crowe, Mac Crikelair, and David Feit have teamed up on this gastropub, which offers elevated American fare and craft beer. Crowe has experience as a bartender and restaurant owner in Hoboken. Crikelair is a developer and entrepreneur who met Crowe through their children who attend school together. When the opportunity to open a restaurant in Glen Rock arose, these friends followed through on an idea they had always discussed. Feit, who co-owns two Anejo restaurants in New York City, has known Crikelair since childhood.
How did these three come up with the name? Stone & Rail is close to the big rock in town, which was called “Pamachapura” by the Lenape Indians and means “Stone from Heaven.” The town is on the NJ Transit Main Line railroad line, therefore the name pays homage to the rock and also the physical location.
The interior contains reclaimed wood and brick alongside railroad elements, designed to be aesthetically unique yet warm and inviting. Gray hardwood floors and a Tudor-style vaulted ceiling complete the look. The tables and chairs also contain reclaimed wood to match the theme. Glen Rock residents passing by haven’t been able to peek in on the space, which has been intentional, due to the blacked out windows. Crowe says that he and the other owners are aiming to surprise guests with the look of the interior and don’t want to share too much with future patrons or the press prior to opening.
In addition to the main dining room which can accommodate close to 50 guests, there is a bar area that can seat approximately 20. A separate room on the main level intended for private events can also be used as overflow for dining, and a loft area can be reserved for private events.
Executive chef Adam Weiss is a two-time Ultimate Chef Bergen County winner and has years of experience, including Due in Ridgewood and Esty Street in Park Ridge. Some Stone & Rail menu highlights include fried pickle potstickers, burrata panzanella salad, and mascarpone polenta shrimp n’ grits, which can all be washed down with one of the 20 rotating beers on tap.
Watch for Stone & Rail to open later this month or in early February — cheers to that!