The Latest Openings Are Here!

Newcomers in Toms River, Totowa, Ridgewood and Jersey City.

When an in-the-works restaurant starts hiring front-of-house staff, that can be a sign that its doors soon may open.

Caneda’s White Rooster, offspring of the popular empanadas-and-more place in Toms River, is doing such hiring. So keep eyes peeled for the doors to swing open at this long-planned Cuban restaurant at 781 Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.

In Highlands, at the former home of Windansea at 56 Shrewsbury Avenue, construction has been ongoing much of the winter and early spring. All that building is to yield to the Proving Ground Waterside Pub & Grill. Now Proving Ground is hiring, too. So keep watch. The phone listed is 732-872-2266.

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Open:

Mama Ana’s Empanadas, 590 Union Boulevard in Totowa, is serving forth a wide variety of its namesake savory pastries. Lunch and dinner; BYO. 862-264-4444; mamasempanadas.com.

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Opening very soon:

Ice Cream By Mike, 305 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood. The name says it all at this spot that’s scheduled to open Saturday, May 5. BTW, owner is Michael Elias and the Web site is icecreambymike.com.

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In the works:

Hudson & Company, 3 Second Avenue in Jersey City. Seafood specialist. Lunch and dinner; full bar.

Cafe Tea & Tee, 153 Homans Avenue in Closter.

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