The Ridgewood/Glen Rock Patch reports that the Harvest Restaurant Group is opening a third Roots Steakhouse (turn down your sound, the website is annoying), this time in Ridgewood in the old Blend spot.
I visited Roots in Summit a few years back (my gosh, it was over 6 years ago!) and wasn't really blown away, and took exception to the pricy wine list and the lack of disclosure on which cuts are actually USDA Prime and which aren't.
Some comments on the Patch's piece on the internet are in the vein of "finally, a steakhouse [in Ridgewood]." I'm not sure if these folks are aware that Park West Tavern (turn down your sound, the website is really annoying), right around the corner, has several serviceable steaks on the menu, and a more interesting menu overall.
It's pointless to predict if they're going to be successful, but that won't stop me.
I'm somewhat skeptical of having a restaurant of that size (assuming they take the whole space) serving food at that price-point in the quaint little village of Ridgewood. No doubt they are going to need support from a whole lot of diners from outside of the immediate area, as Ridgewood just doesn't seem to have the volume of diners who are going out to eat that often at places like Roots, or even Park West Tavern.
There's little doubt that they will be poaching diners from Park West Tavern, which has enjoyed a very good run, so things could get interesting. Park West Tavern filled a void in Ridgewood, and the townsfolk reacted enthusiastically. Perhaps Roots will fill some void that I'm not aware of. But if Roots doesn't come with a decent cocktail program, and some reasonably priced wines, I don't think you'll find me at their bar very often.
I hope they can make a liar out of me. Although I'm sure not going to bother if they have a dress code as they do at their other restaurants.