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Malibu Joel Doing Just Fine After Restaurant Closure

Joel Scheinzeit staying busy catering, teaching – and living – following the closure of his popular Oak Street restaurant in 2008.

He's not slaving away on the grill 80 hours a week anymore. But he seems OK with that; Joel Scheinzeit, former owner of Ridgewood's highly-regarded Joel's Malibu Kitchen, has a found a new perspective, according an article in The Record.

Since closing the California-inspired kitchen in 2008, Scheinzeit has stayed busy with private catering, teaching cooking classes in Hawthorne, helping the developmentally disabled, and also selling frozen entrees at Super Cellars in Ridgewood.

Villagers can purchase his "Coconut Curry Peanut Chicken," "Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin," or "Fettuccini in Silly Sauce with Shrimp" from the cheese shop section of Super Cellars.

Burning the candle on both ends to hit professional success was exhausting, Scheinzeit, 50, told the paper.

"But I don't want to live with that philosophy anymore. Now I want something different," he said.

Lisa Baney February 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM
It really is a treat to pick up his famous coconut curry shrimp when we pick up a bottle of wine, to have in our freezer for when family life is hectic! He puts the same positive spin on his food that he does in his life, and has helped friends of ours with a son with developmental needs with unwavering support at times when it matters. Joel, it is always great to have a your smiling face and the pep in your step around town!
Steve R February 19, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Joel's was my favorite restaurant anywhere!

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