Vine & Oak Tavern, Cranford
The former site of a Wells Fargo bank has been transformed into an upscale tavern. Vine & Oak will open this week with an American/Mediterranean/Italian menu, including dishes such as house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, steaks, seafood, sushi and more. The restaurant plans to introduce brunch, outdoor seating and private party accommodations in the future.
100 South Avenue East, Cranford; 908-967-6058
Tonnie’s Minis, Paramus
Garden State Plaza and the NJ Small Business Development Center at Ramapo College are helping Tonnie’s Minis, a Newark-based bakery, gain a new retail space. The bakery will open in Garden State Plaza on Monday, May 6. The concept allows customers to select a cupcake flavor and customize it with icings and other toppings.
One Garden State Plaza, Paramus; 973-799-0034
Five Dimes Brewery, Westwood
The brewery hosted its grand opening this past weekend. The space includes communal tables, bar seats, a mezzanine over the brewhouse and a rooftop beer garden. Current choices on tap, made by brewers McLain Chaney and Jessica Davies, include Nickel Stout (with notes of coffee and chocolate), A Hazy Place (a tropical IPA), Lo Cinco (a Mexican Lager) and more.
247 Westwood Avenue, Westwood; 201-497-8455
Valente’s Cucina, Haddonfield
Owner Marcelo De Feo took to social media to announce the closing of his restaurant. It has since been acquired by Allora Hospitality. The reopening is slated for June. Valente’s will serve dinner Fridays and Saturdays at 5, 7 and 9 pm. The restaurant will be available for private events and catering the rest of the week.
7 Kings Court, Haddonfield; 844-416-6662