Sad To See Them Go

We’re always sad when a retailer or restaurant shutters its doors, and Montclair has had more than few closes lately. The Laugh Out Loud Life is Good Store in Upper Montclair closed up in late October. Orbis served its last meal before Thanksgiving. Habaneros, the companion restaurant to Spice II, closed last week, to be replaced soon by an Iranian kebab restaurant. Spice II remains open. Also closing last week was Chef’s Lab, the cooking school on lower Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair.

Any more closings we should know about? And whose departure makes you especially sad?

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Why are there suddenly so many Kebab places? I’m sure once Park Street is “prettified” all will once again be well with businesses in Montclair.

  2. I’m sad about Habaneros’s. Went to eat there before the Tony Bennett concert on Saturday night and found it deserted. The food was very good, the service attentive, and it was way more reasonable than Mexicali Rose.

  3. Sorry about Orbis…I was hoping that the paper in the windows and what looked like tile work going on inside might mean they were just remodeling.

    Heard from a neighbor over the weekend that Market, on Church Street, was closing. Can anyone confirm?

  4. Market does indeed have a tasting menu – at $130. Not sure who’s smoking what. I’ve only lived here for a year, but one thing that seems consistent is that restaurants that don’t focus on value (by value, I don’t mean inexpensive) won’t survive. To steal a term from eater.com, I’d put Market, as well as 32 Church, on the Montclair deathwatch.

  5. I was sad to see Economy Sneakers on Blmfd. Ave in Blmfd close up.
    You could buy $75.00 sneakers there for $49.00\Also sad to see in 1995
    (Okay it’s NOT in M’Clair or Blmfd) but was sad to see Wells Cadillac in S.O. close, after 50 years. A class operation tha my family & extended family patronized.
    As well as a long time ago also the closing of Morris Bauman’s Clairmont Diner in Verona.

  6. @jerseygurl re Kabobs everywhere:

    Sharron Angle was right !

    U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle told a crowd of supporters that the country needs to address a “militant terrorist situation” that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities.
    Her comments came at a rally of tea party supporters in the Nevada resort town of Mesquite last week after the candidate was asked about Muslims angling to take over the country

  7. $130 for a tasting menu at Market? Are they smoking the crack that’s available for sale at the nearby Bullock School?

    Restaurant Nicholas, in Monmouth County, which is rated as one of the top 20 restaurants in the entire country for food manages to serve up a tasting menu for $79 or $125 paired with wine.

    https://restaurantnicholas.com/menus/dinner.pdf

  8. Market is absolutely fantastic. They are sourcing their more-local, fresh, slow food ingredients directly from small producers and outlets. It’s not like you have to go in and order the full-blown tasting menu!

  9. I am so sad that Orbis closed! It was a great place. Does anyone know if Nancy will be opening/working somewhere else?

  10. I am sorry to hear that Chef’s Lab closed. I am a professional culinary instructor who teaches private in-home classes, and had the opportunity to teach a sold-out” Teen Boot Camp” in Aug. It was a one week intensive course and the the students learned culinary skills to to last a lifetime. This was the perfect venue to serve the areas culinary class needs without having to travel. I hope that the vision started will be re-created.

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