Rita & Joe’s to Close This Month, Hidden Grounds Coffee Debuts Friday

Rita & Joe’s says goodbye
A Jersey City staple is closing its doors after 32 years in business. Italian restaurant Rita & Joe’s has announced that it will cease operations at the end of this month. “The most important mission in my life was not to keep Rita & Joe’s running, but to give my fullest potential to being a mom…it’s a bittersweet moment for us, but above all, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you,” reads the announcement. The restaurant’s final day will be Sunday, January 28. You can read their full goodbye post via Instagram. —Rita & Joe’s

Hidden Grounds makes downtown debut
New Brunswick’s Hidden Grounds Coffee will soft open its first Jersey City shop this Friday at 148 First Street (at the base of The Art House). The first 50 customers to visit the new coffee shop on January 5th and January 6th will get a free cup of coffee.

City prepares to fight Liberty State Park marina plan
Mayor Fulop’s second term will commence with a fierce battle to prevent the development of a “Millionaire’s Marina” at the southern end of Liberty State Park. The State Dept of Environmental Protection argues that the marina expansion is necessary to pay for park repairs that could cost up to $43 million. Should the marina plans go through, Texas-based marina company Suntex would pay up to $25 million for the bulkhead repair. —NJ.com

(Photo: Hidden Grounds Coffee)

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