This article was originally published in the December 2017 Princeton Echo.
Changes are afoot all over town, with the most anticipated opening expected in December: Two Sevens Eatery & Cantina, the newest offering from Jim Nawn’s Fenwick Hospitality Group, is putting the finishing touches on its space at 277 Witherspoon Street, near the former hospital site. The restaurant is billed as “a local spot with a Latin kick.”
Fenwick, which also owns Agricola, Cargot Brasserie, and the Dinky Bar, closed Main Street in the Princeton Shopping Center to free up a liquor license for Two Sevens. The chef will be Patrick Lacey, most recently chef de cuisine at Cargot.
Already open: Local Greek at 44 Leigh Avenue (previously home to Cafe 44). The restaurant promising “small bites big smiles” serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays. Chef and owner Tony Kanterakis, a native of Greece, offers sweet and savory pastries, salads, and pitas as well as a rotating selection of meze, small tapas-style dishes. 609-285-2969 or localgreeknj.com.
Two chains are expanding to the Princeton Shopping Center. Chopt Creative Salad Company opened in early November at the site of the former Sherwin Williams store. The fast-casual style restaurant offers soups, salads, and snacks from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. 609-356-0035 or choptsalad.com.
And coming soon to fill the void left by the sudden departure of the Taco Truck will be Surf Taco. The chain has 13 locations in New Jersey. The “coastal cuisine” establishment offers tacos, burritos, wraps, salads, and bowls. 609-356-0323 or surftaco.com.
Adding to the taco-themed offerings is Tacoria Mexican Street Kitchen, which is taking over the 110 Nassau Street space previously occupied by Massimo’s Pizza. The Tex-Mex restaurant, which also has locations in Montclair and New Brunswick, features tacos, burritos, salads, quesadillas, and nachos — including Nutella nachos for dessert. eattacoria.com.
Expanding from its location in Plainsboro Village Center, Eclair Cafe is soon to occupy the space at 41 Witherspoon Street previously occupied by More Cafe. The cafe serves Illy coffee and pastries baked in-house. The Plainsboro location, known for years as It’s a Grind and then the Grind, was purchased in 2016 by Ron Suzuki, a physician based in Plainsboro, who revamped the cafe’s offerings and changed its name. 609-275-2919.