Chess Mates, a chess cafe and club, plans a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, becoming the second retail tenant at Park Square. It’s expected to occupy less than 1,000 square feet in retail space next to Eyes On You, which opened earlier this year.
Some other recent retail hello’s and goodbye’s:
* Charlie’s Flowers and Gourmet Baskets closed in the first week of February. A Linden location remains and a woman answering the phone there said they had been in Rahway since about 2001 at its Main Street location, next to Cubanu.
* Thomas’ Surf-n-Turf replaced Just a Little Healthier at 95 E. Cherry St., opening this past weekend.
* Across East Cherry and up the street, work appears to be continuing inside the former Taste of Portugal space (and Eat To the Beat Cafe before that, circa 2005). A handwritten sign on the door for at least the past month indicates its the future home of Casa Borinquen: A Touch of Latin Flavor. For what it’s worth, this is among the East Cherry Street properties owned by Dornoch.
* As mentioned previously, Mr. G’s Coffee has closed for good (since the passing of the owner last fall), and its neighbor at Carriage City Plaza, Sky View Cleaners, closed up shop last week (despite the Grand Opening banner still flying this weekend). No word from Carriage City Properties/Silcon about the future of those retail spaces.
A reminder that the Rahway Rising happy hour will be this Friday at Flynn’s Irish Pub at 6:05. We’ll have a drawing for two tickets to The Rahway Taste of Spring on April 9 — which kicks off Restaurant Week — between 7 and 7:30. All you have to do is show up — just see me for a drawing ticket.
The weather forecast for Friday might be iffy (at the moment), but we’re plowing ahead — bring a friend and we’ll see you there!