What Should Replace Blend?

The nightclub/restaurant called it curtains this week.

Popular Ridgewood nightclub/restaurant Blend was on the wrong end of last call this week, for the second time in less than five years.

Landlord Ed Sullivan is looking for a new tenant to lease the 14,000 square foot multi-level space complete with a back patio on Chestnut Street.

The building is fitted for a restaurant and bar, and Sullivan also holds one of Ridgewood's highly valued liquor licenses.

There have been some suggestions already as to what should replace Blend – a Latin dance club, or a wine loft – but here's your chance to add your $0.02.

It's possible some reader suggestions for the Bank of America property () could work. A small performance theater, perhaps? Upscale steakhouse? Microbrew pub?

I'm still holding hope that a  can be opened, however unlikely it may be. Anyway, add your pitch in the comments below!

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jp1 July 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Up scale steak house sounds good.
Melvin Freedenberg July 20, 2012 at 01:52 PM
First things first. The Bank of America building is Xanadu, Ridgewood. It would take a Herculean effort to pay the rent and the taxes on the property. That means that whatever moves in there has to generate lots and lots of cash. I don't forsee, with the lack of CBD spending, that anything other than a gambling casino could generate the cash to pay the debt. Of course, that won't happen. Ten years from now, the BOA building will still be empty. Blend is a different story as there is great value in the liquor license and there is a greater chance that somebody will take a shot at an upscale restaurant. If anybody has ever been to the old Lundy's in Sheepshead Bay, that is the type of restaurant that would have a chance to succeed. Big and loud and lobster and specialties. Forget a sports bar as Ridgewood deserves better.
James Kleimann July 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Property taxes at the BoA building run a bit north of $105,000 annually. I hope you're wrong about it still being vacant in a decade, Melvin. There's so much potential there. You're right of course, the backers would have to have lots of cash and would have to be a big idea.
Laura O July 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
A dueling piano bar would be fun!
ByeByeNJ July 20, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Some locations in the restaurant industry have the Kiss of Death attached to them and never find a proper niche. Besides who wants to sink investment capital into a town that has no parking and refuses to install multi-level parking over existing lots, unsafe crosswalks, But we've got nice copper gutters at the train station. Not a business/shopper friendly town.
Tony Damiano July 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The problem is we are saturated with restaurants. There must be 15 Italian restaurants, 20 Asian restaurants, etc. As for upscale steakhouses, we have Park West Tavern which, in my opinion, is very good. These restaurants are all cannibalizing one another, as the banks did. We don't need one more restaurant/food service establishment in town. What we need is to get out-of-towners to start believing in us again and start supporting the town. We cannot survive on Ridgewood residents alone. The parking debacle has taken this all away. I plan to attend the meeting at Village Hall on Wed. Aug.8 regarding parking. Lets fix the problem where it lies, then maybe there will be room for another steakhouse, night club, etc. Tony Damiano - Owner of Mango Jam, President of The Ridgewood Guild
Fiona Capuano July 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Just throwing in my 2 cents of where I would like to go. A cafe like those in west Village, nyc or a bistro with great seafood and brunch and late dinners, like the Atlantic Grill type of place or a dance club (alternating music styes each night) with a stage for visiting musicians What are the biggest winners in Montclair or Allendale?
Marcia Ringel July 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Raymond's (from Montclair) has all that except the musicians and dancing and will supposedly open within a few months opposite the northwest corner of Van Neste.
James Kleimann July 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Not a dueling banjo bar?
AMAMOM July 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
A Bowling Alley. Fun for the whole family and singles/team bowling at night with the liquor license.
Jason D. July 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Definitely microbrew.
jp1 July 20, 2012 at 06:22 PM
We had a bowling alley many years ago that went the way of bowling which is no longer as popular as it once was.
Marcia Ringel July 20, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Rob Briedis July 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Marcia, the bowling alley used to be on the corner of Maple Ave. and East Ridgewood Ave. (Post Office side). If I'm not mistaken, the bowling alley even had a liquor license.
Marcia Ringel July 20, 2012 at 07:05 PM
You mean at the NW corner of that intersection, on the site of what became Sealfons and may now become apartments? Wow--I don't remember that.
Marco Maric July 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
How about a strip bar that serves cupcakes and frozen yogurt?
James Kleimann July 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I'm thinking Marco isn't serious, but I'm definitely not opposed to the idea.
Marco Maric July 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I would even throw in a Magic Mike night once a month to keep all of the Housewives happy
Patti McHugh July 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I will miss the Blend Bands. Spent many a night enjoying live music there.
Lisa Ertle July 21, 2012 at 12:39 AM
How about a coss between Maxwell's in Hoboken and The Bitter End in the Village? One could order drinks and eat (I remember at Maxwell's we would order anything from a big crudite hummus platter, to fried calmari or coffee and their signature chocolate peanut butter pie. The beer could be modeled after that of Belgium (they have so many varieties and flavors). People would come from miles around...beer tastings and food pairings. "Banjo lunch" or "Acoustic lunch" on Saturdays. When something is done well, it lasts. Imagine going there on a Saturday evening to listen to music in a groovy, upscale brewery setting, trying beers and getting something like a Joel's chopped salad and some delicious dessert? Offer a standup night...Look at Sook---it stands out because it could survive in NYC or Hoboken. We need another one of those businesses.
Ridgewooder July 21, 2012 at 12:57 AM
A J Crew, Banana Republic or Victoria's Secret.
Estella Dido July 22, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Definitely a latin music dance place!!!!! o doubt about it. Blend's music was terrible!
Dan S July 24, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Korean BBQ or Sushi train.
Joe S. July 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Chestnut Street is a really nice street.....it has the Ridgewood Coin and Stamp shop which has been in business since 1980 and also the Chestnut Deli which seems to booming!!! I think Blend should be replaced with a gym with a health bar..yoga classes...and kick boxing....at reasonable rates so the whole community can be invovled with this recession..I think it would really take off.
Fan of Ridgewood August 07, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Love the idea of a performance theater!
Ridgewood Surfer December 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
We need to get a place that would work in Hoboken or the village. A microbrewery would be great.... a place that wouldn't alienate any age group but, unlike blend didn't have an identity crisis by trying to accommodate everyone and no one at the same time. Great beer selection with solid comfort food made really really well. High end but rustic and accessible. Imagine Freeman's in NYC but with some entertainment that is on the smaller scale but cool enough to bring people in to hang out and spend time eating and drinking and spending money.


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