Celeb chef to open new restaurant in Newark's Hahne's building
NEWARK — A celebrity chef is coming to the state’s largest city.
Marcus Samuelsson, the Harlem-based chef and restaurateur known for his frequent television appearances, will open a new restaurant as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Hahne’s department store, a spokeswoman for the site’s developer confirmed.
The exact concept for the eatery is still being developed, but it’s expected to take up about 2,250 square feet of the rehabbed Hahne’s building, which will also include the city’s first Whole Foods supermarket, 160 apartments, community arts space developed by Rutgers, and additional retail and office space.
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Samuelsson is hoping to open the restaurant sometime next year, the spokeswoman said.
Samuelsson told the Wall Street Journal that he hopes the restaurant can help contribute to a revitalization effort in the city.
Marcus Samuelsson. (Submitted photo)
“I’m always fascinated with historically African-American communities that are all going through a journey of transformation,” he told the publication.
In addition to judging spots on multiple Food Network shows and frequent “Today Show” appearances, the chef is known for his many cookbooks, Harlem restaurant Red Rooster, and for his many other restaurant concepts throughout the world.
The new concept joins the highly anticipated overhaul of the Hahne’s building, which has been vacant for more than 30 years.
The redevelopment will keep in tact many original features of the building, which is on the state and national registers of historical places.
“We are very excited to bring Marcus Samuelsson to Hahne’s and to offer everyone who lives in, works in or visits Newark a dining experience from one of the best chefs in the world,” said Jonathan Cortell, Vice President of Development at building owner L+M Development Partners.
“We believe that food and restaurants help anchor our communities and view this restaurant as another step in the transformation of the city,” Cortell said.
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Published at Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:43:49 +0000