The owner of Montclair’s Salute Bistro, Gerry Cerrigone, told Baristanet that he has purchased and taken ownership of Mei’s Cafe, just up the block from his popular Glenridge Avenue restaurant. Starting today, the space is under construction, preparing for his new “raw bar and kitchen” restaurant, Fin, which is scheduled to open on October 1.
“When you walk in, customers will see a wall of shaved ice, full of whole fish – snapper, branzino, shellfish, etc.,” said Cerrigone. “Customers can pick the fish they want for dinner, and it will be cleaned and cooked to order.”
Cerrigone’s business partner will be Michael Juliano, founder of the South City Grill franchise. Juliano will be Fin’s executive chef.
We stopped by the now-empty restaurant space, and found a sign directing Mei’s Cafe customers to Sushi Hana, up the street and around the corner on North Fullerton. Mei’s owner Mei Mei La will be merging her menu with that of her Malaysian-Chinese mom and Vietnamese-Chinese dad, and will continue to serve her customers’ favorites, including Bubble Tea. The chef at Sushi Hana said that Mei’s should be up and running there by the weekend.
Are you ready for a raw bar in Baristaville? If I bring my own vodka, I wonder if they’ll make me an oyster shot as good as The Beachcomber in Wellfleet, MA? Anyone else had the pleasure of tasting that slippery but oh-so-good drink?