Easton Avenue Set to Open Three New Restaurants This Fall

by: Karen Ruiz

New Brunswick residents and college students will have larger selection of dining options this fall with the addition of three new restaurants on Easton Ave.

Populated with various bars and restaurants, Easton Ave has been a central location for local residents and college students for dining as well as for its nightlife scene. This year, several restaurants have opened on the strip including Bubbakoo’s Burritos, Cookies N’ Crepes, and City Café & Bar which have become increasingly popular food joints in the area.

This fall, Fritz’s will open at 115 Easton Ave, in what used to be a home rented to college students. The property is owned by Robin Varga, a long-time New Brunswick resident who says the house was built in 1877. The owners say they have spent the last three years renovating the house to open up their business.

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“We spent three years renovating this place and wanted to do something different than the rest of the restaurants here. We’re Rutgers alumni and we know the New Brunswick area is booming,” said Restaurant owner Jonathon Guarino.

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Guarino says he attended the French Culinary Institute and has been cooking since he was a child and always had plans to open up his first restaurant business. The restaurant plans to bring a menu of food made from scratch that includes fresh baked goods and sandwiches and specializes in catering as well. The restaurant will also feature a unique take-out window for late night dining.

Fritz’s will be run by owners Jonathon and Rebecka Guarino and Robin Varga and is set to open soon.

Tacoria, a restaurant also owned by a group of Rutgers alumni, will take over an empty commercial space on 56 Easton Ave next to Kati Roll and Platters, according to owner Chuck Patel.  The owners say they plan to bring authentic Mexican food as opposed to the mainstream options on the strip.

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“We have spent a lot of time traveling to the west coast and Mexico and now we’re bringing those flavors to our fellow Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Rutgers has a special place in our hearts and we wanted to bring the food we love to the place we love,” said Patel.

Although the owners have several years of restaurant experience this is the first Tacoria restaurant they will be opening. Patel says there is no specific date set for Tacoria’s opening, but are hoping to debut their tacos in about eight weeks.

According to DailyTargum.com Criminals and Tacos will replace the now inoperative Barndoore at 105 Easton Ave. The restaurant will also be serving authentic Mexican cuisine and will also feature a tequila and mescal bar. The new taco joint will be ran by Los Angeles and San Diego-based Chef Andrew Schiff who has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years and has catered for the Emmys and Golden Globes. Criminals and Tacos is set to open within the next 30 days.

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