Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is bringing this popular Southeast food chain to New Jersey. This will be the first time the brand expands outside its home region. Krystal’s menu includes sliders, hot dogs, fries and breakfast sandwiches. Cruz’s hometown of Paterson will be the first location, with five others planned in Jersey by the end of 2023.
Luna Stella, Maplewood
In a Facebook post in early October, the restaurant said that instead of trying to push forward with its small staff, it had decided to close for a while. Luna Stella will officially reopen its doors on December 22, with seating by reservation only.
5 Highland Place, Maplewood; 973-761-7600
Vibe N Slurp, Toms River
This ramen shop has opened for pickup and delivery, with sit-down dining coming soon. This is the first location to open, and owner Wayne Carrington says he plans to open franchises across the country. The menu covers a variety of ramen dishes, including jerk chicken, curried oxtail and veggie. Other items include rice bowls, lo mein, Kung Pao chicken, street corn and more.
1776 Hooper Avenue, Toms River; 732-228-7463
Malibu Diner, Hoboken
Hoboken’s only 24-hour diner plans to close, but not permanently. The building will be knocked down and replaced by a five-story complex with 23 residential units and parking spaces. Malibu Diner will return in the new complex, serving its diner classics. The last day of its present incarnation will be December 31, with hopes to reopen in 24 months.
257 14th Street, Hoboken; 201-656-1595