The Latest Openings

A new coffee cafe, a chain restaurant for bowl-style eats and more.

Once upon a time, we grew up on coffee shops. Then came the name-brand coffee-plus spots, where WiFi met lattes.

Now there is the coffee cafe.

Enter Cupa Cafe, which is opening next month at 60 Stirling Road in Watchung.

The brainchild of Marianne Cordillo, of Cupa Cabana Gourmet Espresso and Coffee Catering, the cafe will be open daily and will serve, in addition to caffeinated beverages, smoothies, acai and chia bowls, both toasts (avocado; peanut butter) and a variety of pastries. Look for, as well, a selection of specialty lattes, such as mocha matcha, Almond Joy and Nutella.

Cupa Cafe’s multi-purpose space will offer more than coffee-sipping opportunities. Cordillo plans live music, yoga classes and game nights.

Cordillo also is hoping locals will convene business meetings and book club get-togethers at Cupa Cafe. 908-222-8147;


The Frutta Bowls are coming, the Frutta Bowls are coming!

If you live in Metuchen, Howell, Freehold, Middletown, Toms River, Somerset, Robbinsville, Colts Neck, Marlboro or Livingston, you may be familiar with Frutta Bowls, which is a Playa Bowl-esque spot featuring layered bowls based on, for example, acai, pitaya, kale or oatmeal.

Just follow the teenage girls and you’ll find your local Frutta Bowls.

Soon, Frutta Bowls will be coming to four more New Jersey municipalities:

– 57 Main Street in Madison.
– 37 Easton Avenue in New Brunswick.
– 540 Shoppes Boulevard in North Brunswick.
– 177 Washington Valley Road in Warren.

Typically, Frutta Bowls are open daily during lunch and dinner hours. For more info, visit

Heard it on the grapevine:

* DHS Hospitality is buying Tumulty’s Pub, the tavern at 361 George Street in New Brunswick that has been in the business of feeding Rutgers’ students since the 1960s at one location on George Street or another.

* Also changing hands are a couple of stalwarts in Brielle:
– Simko’s Grill, 403 Higgins Avenue.
– Rella’s Italian Tavern, 110 Union Avenue.

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