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Popular Eatery Pearl is Expanding

Italian restaurant on S. Broad St. will be doubling its seating capacity

No longer will have to turn away scores of hungry customers on Friday and Saturday nights.

The owner has begun construction that will double the seating at the upscale American-Italian eatery, increasing from 22 chairs to about 45.

"On Friday and Saturday nights, I have to turn away 30, 40 people," said Viola, who helps runs the restaurant with his son, the kitchen-bred Maximillion.

The construction is expected to last three weeks, Viola said, adding that the wall separating his restaurant and Eileen's Consignment Shop will be knocked down.

Eileen's closed a few months ago and has remained vacant. The space once full of hangers and dresses will now be used for more tables but also an espresso bar and a counter for diners.

The decor – a deep, regal purple with black and white accents – will remain. Most importantly to diners, so will the food – fresh daily – whipped up by Chef David Anderson. With an expected influx of volume, Viola said he'll be needing another cook and one more water, a good problem to have.

"I'm very excited," Viola remarked. At least 30-40 people left hungry will be too.

Rock Fish May 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Its great to see a business expanding in Ridgewood!! I live in GR and love the RW business district. Its sad to see the empty stores. Please support local business.
James Kleimann May 10, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Indeed, Rock Fish. I hear a few more stores are also expanding in the Ridgewood CBD.
Dennis Martinez May 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Max does his best to accomodate his customers but the tables are very close and there was only so much he could do with the limited space he has to work with. This is great news for him, his customers and the CBD.

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