Rafaella’s Brings Hot Dogs & More to Bergenfield; Other Dining News

Plus: A donut shop with a fun name is serving sweet treats in Bayville, while a small market has shut down in Hoboken.

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Rafaella's is cooking up hot dogs in Bergenfield. Photo courtesy of Anthony and Tara Vasquez.

Restaurant Openings:

Rafaella’s, Bergenfield

Husband and wife Anthony and Tara Vasquez launched Rafaella’s as a ghost kitchen in 2020. Now, the couple has opened a Bergenfield storefront. The location is takeout-only, with a menu featuring hot dogs (including the fan favorite: a chili cheese dog with house-made chili), burgers, sandwiches, desserts (such as house-made stuffed cookies) and more. Rafaella’s also has a full catering menu. Open daily at noon; closed Sundays and Mondays.
56 South Washington Avenue, Bergenfield; 631-507-8818

The Chubby Unicorn Donut Shop, Bayville

Sugar alert! This new donut and frozen yogurt shop is serving all kinds of sweet creations. The menu includes milkshakes such as the PB&J, Dirt Cup, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and more, as well as fun coffee drinks. Donut toppings include Reese’s Pieces, Oreos, strawberry shortcake and more. Open daily, 7 am–9 pm.
271 Atlantic City Boulevard, Bayville

MrBeast Burger, East Rutherford

The American Dream Mall is adding another restaurant to its packed dining hall. Named after the popular YouTuber, MrBeast is opening its first physical location at the mall on September 1. (MrBeast Burger is currently available through ghost kitchens and food delivery apps around the country.) The menu includes chicken sandwiches, special burgers and Beast Style fries topped with caramelized onions, cheese, pickles, mayo, ketchup and mustard. MrBeast himself will be at the restaurant on opening day.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford; 833-263-7326

Restaurant Closings:

Ma’s, Hoboken

This small market, formerly Sobsey’s, recently announced its shutdown. The shop was a local spot for fresh produce, baked goods, coffee, fresh meat and more. An announcement was posted on the store’s door, thanking patrons for their support over the last few years.
92 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken; 201-795-9398

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