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Blue Fish Restaurant Sleeps with the Fishes

The Mediterranean-inspired seafood spot near the Ridgewood train station has closed the doors.

During one of the busiest dining dashes of the year, Blue Fish Restaurant at 18 East Ridgewood Avenue has been closed for more than a week.

A sign in the window states the space is available for lease. The phone has been disconnected and the restaurant's e-mail address is no longer working. Owner Ashraf Sarkies could not be reached for comment.

Multiple sources said the restaurant would not be re-opening. Blue Fish opened in 2010 to generally favorable reviews. It replaced euro-centric Cafe Tulip, the prior tenant.

JAFO November 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I always saw the owner smoking a cigarette outside on the sidewalk. Nasty.
Craig Hueneke November 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I hate to see a business go out of business, but LOVE the headline. A moment of silence for Blue Fish AND Luca Brasi as they both "sleep with the fishes"
Ron Verdicchio November 24, 2012 at 04:38 AM
I'm missing the "Luca Brasi...fishes" reference.
Dennis Martinez November 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
The competition in the restaurant business is fierce and absent a licquor license, which this and most Ridgewood restaurants don't have, you need to have a steady following to survive. It is no surprise that there will be many places that won't make it in Ridgewood and elsewhere.
janine November 24, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Godfather 1.
Craig Hueneke November 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Ron- You're Killing Me Maaan! It's from "The Godfather". Geeze! :)
MG November 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Was very good up until a year ago then service and food wentdown hill
jp1 November 24, 2012 at 06:11 PM
A lot of restaurants have survived a long time without a liquor license, must have had other issues.
Michael Shetler November 24, 2012 at 06:16 PM
James has a thing for gallows humor. See http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/tough-economy-squeezes-ridgewoods-world-of-nuts.
Mikka H November 24, 2012 at 07:28 PM
let's c....who's next? Blend tanked.....blue fish down...when do the yo-gert places go? im sure the way of the "fresh take it home and cook it pizza" joint....
Rich November 24, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Only sure fire success will be Carlo's Bake Shop.....guaranteed SRO.
Mikka H November 24, 2012 at 09:56 PM
what's SRO? and there's no sure fire in carlo's....overpriced nasty....ask ANY Hobokener....
RB November 25, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Carlos Bake Shop is going to be in a lousy location business wise.
Ridgewooder November 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
One time I went there the food was kinda gross.
Ridgewood Mom 26 November 25, 2012 at 08:32 PM
My husband said he talked to the owner, who said its only closed temporarily.
Mikka H November 26, 2012 at 01:30 AM
come on ridgewood mom! closed temporarily....that's pretty funny.... NO restaurant close's temporarily......he's done.....
Steve December 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Ron! Rent the dvd immediately of the Godfather trilogy and don't leave until you start talking like Brando! (Nice one, Craig!)
Steve December 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Folks, what are the chances of getting something other than a restaurant or nail/hair salon in all of these vacant former restaurant locations?? What would we like to see there? And is the Village Council or Chamber of Commerce coming up for a plan for a more balances central business district?

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