Bloomfield’s Bar Cara Closes, Montclair’s Fascino Reopens Thursday After Renovation

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 4:16pm  |  COMMENTS (18)

Bloomfield's Bar Cara Sold To New Owner, Montclair's Fascino Reopens Thursday After RenovationFans of Bar Cara (and we are among them) will be sad to learn that the restaurant, which opened in January 2010, closed it doors Sunday night and was sold this morning.

Chef/owner Ryan DePersio describes the sale of Bar Cara as bittersweet.

“Our last night of service was Sunday night,” says DePersio. “My family and I are very proud of what we achieved at Bar Cara. Our staff at Bar Cara is an amazing team that I’m sure will continue to offer great food and service. They all are staying on board with new owners Dennis and Chris Lukic. A father and son team that will do a superb job as well.”

DePersio will miss Bar Cara, but is excited to focus on his other ventures, which include Montclair’s Fascino, which reopens this Thursday, July 18, after a full renovation on the dining room. Chris Pavone from Bar Cara has moved over to Fascino as general manager. DePersio promises to send us a sneak peek of Fascino’s new look, where, thankfully, we can still get those incredible mascarpone polenta fries.

We’ll update as we learn more about the new restaurant coming to the former Bar Cara space.


  1. POSTED BY anne prince  |  July 16, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    I am NOT a happy camper!!

  2. POSTED BY Conan  |  July 16, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Give the new guys a chance, Anne — get to know them, let them know that you were regulars at Bar Cara because you liked a., b., c., and see what they do for you. If they aren’t interested, let me know and I will reach out to Marvin the Torch.

  3. POSTED BY cousinvinnie  |  July 16, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    The food was good, but they were way overpriced.

  4. POSTED BY ali9ia  |  July 16, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    So sad. I loved that place!! Hope the new place does good by Bar Cara’s patrons.

  5. POSTED BY mimimichalski  |  July 16, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    This was good news at least: “Our staff at Bar Cara is an amazing team that I’m sure will continue to offer great food and service. They all are staying on board with new owners Dennis and Chris Lukic.” Don’t worry, Anne, we will still get some good cocktails! And hopefully the new menu will be good even if it changes…

  6. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 17, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    The transfer of their liquor license happened on June 24th 2013 at a Bloomfield Town

    Bloomfield Township New Jersey
    Resolution 2817

    WHEREAS, an application has been filed for a person-to-person transfer of Plenary Retail Consumption License #0702-33-008-008, heretofore issued to, AGIO. LLC, t/a Bar Cara for premises located at 1095-1099 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003; and

    WHEREAS, the submitted application form is complete in all respects, the transfer fees have been paid, and the license has been properly renewed for the current license term; and

    WHEREAS, the applicant is qualified to be licensed according to all standards established by Title 33 of the New Jersey Statutes, regulations promulgated thereunder, as well as pertinent local ordinances and conditions consistent with Title 33; and

    WHEREAS, the applicant has disclosed and the issuing authority reviewed the source of all funds used in the purchase of the license and the licensed business and all additional financing obtained in connection with the licensed business.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield does hereby approve, effective July 16th at 12:00 AM, the transfer of the aforesaid Plenary Retail Consumption License to Lukic Restaurant Group, LLC, t/a Season’s Food and Drink, and does hereby direct the Municipal Clerk to endorse the license certificate to the new ownership as follows: “This license, subject to all its terms and conditions, is hereby transferred to Lukic Restaurant Group, LLC, t/a Season’s Food and Drink, effective July 16th at 12:00 AM

  7. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 17, 2013 @ 5:26 am

    that should have read
    The transfer of their liquor license happened on June 24th 2013 at a Bloomfield Town Council meeting

  8. POSTED BY huh_wha  |  July 17, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    It might be for the best that Ryan can concentrate on fewer restaurants. Went to NICO at the NJPAC a couple of weeks back and the food preparation was awful.

    Anyone know what Season’s Food & Drink is?

  9. POSTED BY paolo  |  July 17, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I get to Bar Cara every few weeks for lunch, and I’ve been generally pleased.

    On one early visit, I was really irate about the service, etc. I received a call back from the GM, an offer of a comp’d meal, etc. Pretty much everything they could do to make things right.

  10. POSTED BY shrimpalert  |  July 17, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    The good news is that the tired, strip-mall-esque decor at Fascino got an update to reflect the great food. Looking forward to seeing it!

  11. POSTED BY kbanda  |  July 17, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Agree re the food at Bar Cara. Good but way over priced and not a very generous pour on the drinks. Maybe the new owners will take heed.

  12. POSTED BY katvanwin  |  July 17, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    I loved Bar Cara – great food, nice wines by the glass, friendly and professional servers. We enjoyed many wonderful dinners there and I will miss it.

    A quick search for Lukic Restaurant Group turned up nothing…

  13. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 17, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    does this help?

    NOTICE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL PERSON TO PERSON T ake notice that application has been made to Township of Bloomfield Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003-3487) to transfer to LUKIC RESTAURANT GROUP LLC trading as Season’s Food & Drink for premises located at 1095-99 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003 Plenary Retail Consumption License #0702-33-008-008 heretofore issued to AGIO, LLC trading as Bar Cara for premises located at 1095-99 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003. The person who will hold an interest in this license is: Dennis Lukic, Member 100% 8360 S.W. Cattleya Drive Stuart, FL 34997 Objections, if any, should be made immediately in writing to Bonita L. Triola, Municipal Clerk, Township of Bloomfield, Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003-3487. Respectfully submitted by, LUKIC RESTAURANT GROUP LLC t/a Season’s Food & Drink by: Robert C. Williams, Esq. 622 Eagle Rock Avenue West Orange, New Jersey, 07052 (973) 736-4100 Attorney for Applicant Bloomfield Life 3495066 Fee $27.16 May 16, 23, 2013

  14. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    more info

    The new owners are Dennis Lukic and his son, Chris, a chef who recently left the employ of Wolfgang Puck

    from 2010
    Chef Chris Lukic, is heating things up in the Homestead Restaurant kitchen. Formerly of New York City, Lukic joined the Homestead staff earlier this month…
    Lukic grew up in a family of chefs in Florida. His father owns a restaurant, two uncles are chefs and one of his grandfathers was a chef. He has continued the family tradition. His first paying job was in a restaurant when he was 14. He attended the French Culinary Institute in New York. At the time he saw the Clines’ posting on Craig’s List, he was working at Fig and Olive.

  15. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 17, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Had enough?

    features “Globally Inspired American Cuisine” in a sophisticated setting. The unique dishes are adapted from the many cultures and historical eras of the World, as well as, the regional cuisines of this amazing country. The menus created by Chef de Cuisine Chris Lukic & his culinary team will focus on the use of seasonal quality ingredients while maintaining respect for the land & its farmers. In the dinning room, while creating an atmosphere of Metropolitan Sophistication never experienced before in Central Florida,

  16. POSTED BY raxc  |  July 17, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    so sad! this was by far my fave bloomfield restaurant. bonus that i could walk to it from home. hoping that the new place will fill bar cara’s cooking shoes.

  17. POSTED BY walleroo  |  July 18, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    We loved Bar Cara when it first opened, but it just didn’t deliver consistently. The food was fine, but the service was spotty and sometimes rushed. After a while we found ourselves not coming back.

    THough it’s too bad it didn’t turn out better.

  18. POSTED BY pepino  |  July 22, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    The Yellow Plum……..Nutty

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