A vacant East Cherry Street storefront is on tap to be transformed into a new eatery in the coming weeks.
Ralph Bahram, the owner of Rahway Fried Chicken (RFC), plans to open some type of restaurant in the space at 78 E. Cherry St., briefly occupied by Village Bistro last year. He had contemplated a cafe but is aiming to finalize a different concept/theme in the next few weeks.
Two years ago, Rahway Fried Chicken took over the corner space at East Cherry and Main streets once occupied by a shoe repair shop, and has since expanded into the space once occupied by Thomas’ Surf and Turf and before it, Just a Little Healthier.
In other retail tenant turnover news:
* Next door, at 84 E. Cherry St., Max Hair Care II Salon will be replaced by Ebony and Ivory Salon.
* The Java Shop opened just before Labor Day on Irving Street but just after the new year, the chalkboard sign in the window displayed the following message: “With a heavy heart, we announce that we have closed The Java Shop due to owner’s illness. We thank all of our customers. It was our pleasure serving you.”
* After almost five years, Power and Fitness on St. Georges Avenue closed. Owner Raymond Giacobbe, Jr., who also serves as 6th Ward councilman, opened facility spring 2009 but due to competition in the area and new gyms “popping up all over the place,” he said it was hard to stay competitive with corporate gyms.