A recent newsletter from the nice people at Ridgewood's Broad Street Smokehouse (Update: now closed)mentions that Super Cellars will be moving from its current local across from Whole Foods to a new location at 33 Godwin, in what I would think is the old Palmero plumbing building. That's a big spot, and I think it has parking. Super Cellars is a decent wine store with some interesting beers as well. It's a shame its moving from the "other" side of the tracks, though. That side just gets no damned respek.
Speaking of the other side of the tracks, Starbucks has opened right there on Godwin, a coupla doors down from Silver Oak Bistro. I don't care what you say, Starbucks has some good coffee. I stop there just about every morning. It's nice and convenient now that it's on the NYC-bound side of the tracks in the morning. Even if you don't like their coffee, you have to admit they practically created the industry for that Starbucks-style pendant light that you find over kitchen islands all over America. Not mine, however.
Looks like Gen Sushi and Hibachi has opened where that horrible upscale Chinese place used to live on East Ridgewood Ave. I think there's one in Montvale as well. It sure do look purdy, but I can't say I'm all that excited about it. I bet the kids will love it, though. Update: More thoughts on Gen Sushi here (click).
What else is going on around Ridgewood. Oh, well not really Ridgewood, but Biagio's on Paramus Rd seems to be almost done with that facelift of theirs. I stopped in expecting to see a new and improved Biagio's (that wouldn't be hard -- OK, so I've never eaten there. But I just kinda know these things, ya know?), and found the same sticky bar with the same i'll-get-to-you-when i'm done talking-to-the-regulars service that they used to have. I waited 3 minutes and walked out. I ended up at El Cid, which happens to have some decent sangria. Nice and brandy-y. Not too sweet either.