Food & Hospitality

Jan 4, 2023

Weco, a fresh daily dinner delivery service, makes Garden State debut

The Massachusetts-based service, which brings chef-crafted meals made from scratch daily to customers’ doorsteps, is expanding into Bergen County.

Parsippany-based B&G Foods Inc. agreed to sell its Back to Nature organic, plant-based snack brand to the Barilla Group.
Jan 4, 2023

Barilla purchases B&G Foods’ Back to Nature brand

The move comes two months after the Parsippany-based seller told analysts during its third quarter earnings call that the company was looking to sell off the better-for-you snack option and undertaking a strategic review of other possible divestitures.

Launched in 2015 by Chris Curado and his cousin Michael Ponte, Angry Archie’s is known for its jumbo lump crab cakes, fresh lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese and crab poutine.
Jan 3, 2023

Popular seafood truck opens first storefront in Jersey City

Angry Archie’s new brick-and-mortar location offers the same menu as its mobile counterpart and is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Hangry Joe’s Hot Chicken is adding two new restaurants in New Jersey, in Northvale and Closter.
Dec 28, 2022

Nashville-style hot chicken chain to open 2 restaurants in Bergen County

Hangry Joe’s Hot Chicken – which requires customers to sign a waiver before consuming its spiciest sauce – is putting the finishing touches on its newest locations in the Garden State.

The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association (NJTIA) held its 2022 New Jersey Conference on Tourism Luncheon Dec. 1-2 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
Dec 28, 2022

NJ tourism awards recognize orgs for positively promoting the Garden State

The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association accepts nominations annually for projects by any person, business or group that have helped to increase hotel stays, attract out-of-state visitors and boost expenditures.

Recalled by Wegmans: Wegmans Organic Baby Kale & Baby Spinach with Sweet Pea Leaves (5-ounce package, barcode number 77890-52377, use by date: Dec. 20, 2022)
Dec 27, 2022

Wegmans recalls greens, cat grass over potential salmonella contamination

The affected products were sold at various stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, North Carolina and New Jersey.

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, an Elmwood Park-based healthy frozen food brand owned by Vestar Capital Partners
Dec 22, 2022

Dr. Praeger’s names new chief customer officer

Steve Polonowski joins the Elmwood Park-based healthy frozen food brand from food tech startup BetterBrand, where he served as president and chief commercial officer.

Bubbakoo’s Burritos
Dec 22, 2022

Bubbakoo’s Burritos celebrates opening of newest NJ location

The Mexican-fusion chain born in Point Pleasant now has more than 50 restaurants in the Garden State.

Zillow's most popular markets of 2022
Dec 21, 2022

NJ beach town is country’s top vacation destination, Zillow says

In the online real estate marketplace’s list of most popular markets for searches in 2022, the Ocean County community beat out towns in Florida and California.

Dec 21, 2022

Deptford McDonald’s franchisee settles EEOC suit for $100K

The case alleged that Sewell-based JDKD Enterprises LP fired a grill cook with autism spectrum disorder after 37 years on the job, according to federal officials.

pasta dinner
Dec 20, 2022

Sustain & Serve NJ receives additional $5M

The initiative, which launched during COVID, provides nonprofits grants to purchase meals from Garden State restaurants that are then distributed at no cost to recipients.

Playa Bowls
Dec 20, 2022

Playa Bowls names VP of operations

Darlene Schoeneberg was most recently director of operations for Dunkin’ Brands, where she helped open hundreds of new stores and facilitated long-term probability and growth for operators.