New Bakery Bringing Sweet Dreams to Atlantic Highlands

Plus: Other restaurant openings and closings in Atlantic City, Audubon and Montclair.

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The exterior of Cookie & Crumb in Atlantic Highlands. Photo courtesy of Cookie & Crumb


The Cookie & Crumb • Atlantic Highlands

A made-from-scratch bakery is coming to Monmouth County, with a grand opening Saturday, June 19, from 8 am–4 pm. Owner Valerie Mangan will offer crumb cakes, scones, pies, cakes and cookies in flavors like chocolate chunk, lemon sugar and chocolate sugar. In addition to sweets, Mangan hopes to add breads, croissants and chicken pot pie to the bakery’s lineup. Open Thursday to Monday, 8 am–4 pm.

The Cookie & Crumb, 1 W Ave., Atlantic Highlands; 732-872-4329

American Bar & Grille at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa • Atlantic City

Occupying what was Wolfgang Puck American Grille, this new restaurant is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International and Borgata. American Bar & Grille’s menu will feature dishes such as Big Eye Tuna Crudo (with cucumber salad), Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast (with goat cheese and garlic-rosemary sauce), Sautéed Atlantic Salmon and more. Jersey staples like corn and tomatoes will also find their way onto the menu, as well as wood-fired pizzas and plenty of drinks. Opening Saturday, June 19; open Friday to Tuesday starting at 5 pm. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

American Bar & Grille, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000

Brown Dog Café • Audubon

John Gordon and Kate Powell returned to their hometown to open a new coffee shop in the space previously home to Treehouse Coffee Shop. The new owners repainted, installed new counters and plan to add lounge seating and bars along the windows. Brown Dog plans to open in early July, offering outdoor seating, as well as a water bowl and treats for those with dogs.

Brown Dog Café, 120 W Merchant St., Audubon


Villalobos Montclair

After a temporary suspension of service in May, owner and chef Adam Rose has decided to close Villalobos after seven years of operation. Rose says he will focus on a new concept on the same block, partnering with Montclair Hospitality Group and the creators of Ani Ramen House. Follow Villalobos’ Instagram for updates.

Villalobos, 6 S Fullerton Ave., Montclair

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