CulinAriane, a Montclair institution whose owners Ariane and Michael Duarte have made their restaurant a must-dine destination, are leaving their Walnut Street bistro in Montclair.
The new location will be in Verona, the former home of O’Neill ’s Restaurant and Pub on Bloomfield Avenue.
“It’s going to be a bigger space, so we can have more diners,” Ariane told Baristanet.
The news was announced officially last night at Montclair Food and Wine Festival (more on the Festival. Ariane was one of six contributing chefs at the festival’s Gala Dinner last night, held at The Manor in West Orange (more on the Festival itself to come).
The former Top Chef contender says there will be other changes besides location.
“We are going to be a bit more casual in our approach to food.” And there’s another draw which made the decision a no brainer: a liquor license.
Their current digs, on the corner of Walnut and Pine, once housed Kimiko’s, a Japanese Restaurant. Shortly after moving in Ariane and Michael doubled the size of their space by taking over the business next door.
Fans who have a special attachment to the current Montclair location have plenty of time to visit before the new restaurant opens. Their last service will be on August 31st.
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