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Sabor Latin Bistro: opening in Hawthorne!

Sabor_logo Edit (7/10/2006):  They're open!  Initial impression can be found here.

Sabor is a quite decent, smallish, latin bistro in Edgewater.  We've only been there once, but that was enough to know that their second outpost will be a very welcome addition to Hawthorne.  Yes, in case you hadn't heard, Sabor will be opening a restaurant in Hawthorne where the not-very-good Oakville used to live.

Oakville Grill died a slow (and I might argue well-deserved) death a few months ago, and no one seemed to notice.  Oakville did have a big bar, though.  So we were kinda bummed to pull into Oakville's parking lot (for dinner, actually), and see that they had closed.  But then we were happy to see the sign with Sabor's distinctive logo (that you see above, which I stole from their website.  shhhh) on the door next to the words "coming soon."  It's as if they wrote the sign just for me.

In case your'e keeping score:

Oakville:  not-so-good.  Sabor:  fun, colorful, mojitos, pork.  Yeah, my kind of place. 

This space is much bigger than their Edgewater space, and has lots o' parking.  Given its size and location, I'm guessing we'll be seeing a lively bar scene blossoming at Sabor.  I just hope they can staff the front of house with some good, fun, pleasant people.  If they can manage that, and some decent drinks, and some decent and lively music in the bar area, I think we'll have a real winner.   However, I can easily see it sliding into the Blend (Ridgewood's extremely out-of-place meat-market 8 billion square foot club) side of the spectrum, where it becomes a meat-market catering to way-outta-towners looking for a party.  Eh, it doesn't matter, because I'll be done with my drinks and dinner by 9 pm anyway.

I've been talking with the folks at Sabor and I'm told (over and over) that it will be about 4 weeks from "now" (with the most recent "now" being 5/22).  They're still staffing up and finishing up some of the decorating and interior work.  I just hope they don't rush it with mediocre staff.  It only takes one crappy bartender to put me off a place forever.  Hopefully they're smarter than that.

You are assured that I'll be the first to know when they open, so check back. 

See you there.  Several times.

Sabor's website : 1060 Goffle Road (right off of 208) : Hawthorne, NJ

Image courtesy of Sabor's website

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