New Eco-Friendly Dining Experience at Adventure Aquarium

Plus: Other eateries in Holmdel, Hoboken and Westfield are in the works.

The Marketplace at Adventure Aquarium in Camden is now open, and is described as an “eco-friendly dining experience,” is more than just a food court-style spot to relax after an afternoon of fish-gazing. Prepared in a large open kitchen, the menu incorporates the sustainable seafood guidelines of the Seafood Watch program as well as produce from J. Ambrogi Foods, “which is 80% locally grown in New Jersey.” Compostable products, including “PLA plastic, plant-based straws and compostable sugar cane plates and bowls,” as well as recycled cups and cutlery, will round out the restaurant’s infrastructural eco-friendliness. As for the food itself, expect kid-friendly options including sandwiches, a made-to-order grill station, and pizza. 1 Riverside Drive, Camden; 844-474-3474

In the Works:

*They’ve been hosting preview Happy Hours on Wednesdays, but this Monday, July 9, the massive Bell Market at Bell Works in Holmdel will officially open its doors. (We got a preview of the market in January.) Run by a small team including chef Chad Spencer, chef Richard Corbo and his wife and sommelier Chantelle Corbo, and pastry chef Jeffrey Sytsma, Bell Market will act like a high-concept food court, with a plethora of outlets including marquee concepts Corbo and Sons with its wood-fired Italian menu and Sytsma’s own Honeybell Bakery. Restaurant openings will stagger, with places like Bubz Deli and Broadfork already serving. A weekly farmers market, Bell Works Fresh, is open every Wednesday through September 5. 101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel; 732-226-8818

*The iconic British phone booth outside the decades-old Scotland Yard in Hoboken will remain, but the bar inside will soon become the Mile Square City’s “first and only speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar. Run by the same team as Scotland Yard, and called The Winston after prolific imbiber Winston Churchill, the bar will be open in the “very near future” according to a June 14 announcement on its Instagram page, where they also tease out classy looking cocktail photos and signature drinks. No word yet, but we expect some small bites accompanying the craft-y cocktail list. 72 Hudson Street, Hoboken

*Husband and wife team Francesco and Annette Colbertaldo are the owners of the (very) soon to open Tuscan bakery Farinolio in Westfield. The name is actually an invented word, a mash-up of the words for “flour” and “oil” in Italian—appropriate, considering owner and Italian expat Francesco waxes poetic about one of the major inspirations for the spot, and frequent subject of Farinolio’s Instagram page, his beloved Tuscan schiacciata flat bread. “We are trying to bring to the table an authentic Italian experience,” Francesco says in an interview with the Westfield mayor on the bakery’s Facebook page. 121 E. Broad Street, Westfield

*Erin and Stephen Bellamy’s artisan roastery and café Boxwood Coffee in Summit is opening a second location in Westfield. The store, which is taking over an old Panera space, will actually be three times the size of the Summit location, ideal to accommodate planned tasting events and brewing classes for the public. No details yet, but it’s likely Boxwood’s Master Roaster Hayden Kaye will be coordinating the carefully curated coffee program—which may include their Nitro Cold Brew—from roasting to tastings to the drinks menu (which will be accompanied by snacks and lunch options). 143 E. Broad Street, Westfield

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