Vapo Forno Opening in Rutherford; Other Dining News

Plus: David Burke is taking over a popular bakery in Keansburg, while Long Branch staple Inkwell Coffee House has shut down.

Vapo Forno
Chef Ciro Iovine is offering Neapolitan street food at Vapo Forno in Rutherford. Photo courtesy of Vapo Forno

Restaurant Openings: 

Vapo Forno, Rutherford

Chef Ciro Iovine, owner of Song E Napule Pizzeria in Rutherford, is opening his second restaurant in the same town. The new place features Neapolitan street food, including panini, rustici, arancini and other Italian favorites. Vapo Forno will be baking a variety of fresh breads daily, along with doughnuts and other treats throughout the week.
104 Park Avenue, Rutherford; 201-518-2386

Dixie Lee Bakery, Keansburg

For 85 years, this bakery has been serving the Keansburg community. Chef David Burke recently took over as owner. The bakery will change its name to David Burke’s Dixie Lee Bakery and will provide Burke’s other seven Jersey restaurants (including Morristown’s 1776 and Union Beach newcomer the Goat) with baked goods. The bakery’s new website and social channels are currently under construction.
303 Main Street, Keansburg; 732-787-0674

WorldFLATS, Montclair

This fast-casual restaurant recently opened its third New Jersey location, joining Paramus and Ridgewood. The vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu offers 11 kinds of flatbreads inspired by flavors around the world. One standout is the Jersey Flat, topped with nut-free pesto, arugula, mozzarella, Jersey tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted red peppers and fig-glaze balsamic.
58 Church Street, Montclair; 973-433-5900

Restaurant Closings:  

Inkwell Coffee House, Long Branch

This Long Branch staple, which opened in the 1960s, announced it has shut down. The coffeehouse, which was frequented by Bruce Springsteen in its heyday, revealed the closure in an Instagram post last week. Inkwell thanked the community for its love and support over the years.
665 2nd Avenue, Long Branch

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