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Frozen Yogurt Shops Moving Into Ridgewood

Ordinance blocking 'fast food' dining has expired and two businesses are looking to quickly get in to Ridgewood

The end of the fast food ordinance has quickly brought much in the way of frozen yogurt to Ridgewood.

With 20 days having elapsed since the , two shops have already begun the permit process.

As we've reported, the Bloom family has plans to bring some of Montclair's well-regarded chain Red Mango to East Ridgewood Ave, at what was once the site of Quiznos at 43 E. Ridgewood Ave. After being denied by the zoning board but subsequently witnessing restrictions drop with the council vote, Bloom told Patch in December he was eyeing a late winter, early spring opening date.

At 17 N. Broad St. – formerly the spot of and later the – is poised to challenge Red Mango as the top yogurt shop in Ridgewood.

According to landlord Eugene Ferraro, Koa Koa's owners have attempted to check into Ridgewood previously but were among the many stifled by the ordinance.

(, will not be moving in after the sudden passing of his financial backer, Ferraro said.)

When open, Koa Koa will be a largely self-serve operation, providing numerous topping options for customers. Prices are determined by weight. In the Hoboken and Fort Lee stores, prices start at $.55 per ounce and menus are displayed on large flat-screen televisions.

Koa Koa owner Sarah Lim could not immediately be reached for comment.

Elliot Bloom January 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Red Mango of Ridgewood welcomes the competition as this represents further opportunity to differentiate ourselves from other frozen yogurt shops. Red Mango is ranked # 1 by Zagat and our frozen yogurt is viewed as the highest quality - it's all natural, non-fat and gluten free with the very best probiotics (active yogurt cultures). Our fruit is delivered fresh (never frozen). We also serve a wide variety of yogurt and fruit-based smoothies, including our unique spoonable smoothies. Visit our store in Montclair, NJ for a preview of what we plan to bring to Ridgewood. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redmangomontclair or www.facebook.com/redmangoridgewood. See you soon! Best Regards, The Bloom Family
SK January 05, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Love the Red Mango in Wayne (the town where I'm working) and am very much looking forward to a Red Mango in my hometown. The quality of the fruit makes all the difference. (It's excellent in Wayne.) I particularly enjoy the coconut and vanilla yogurt with blackberries, coconut, walnuts, and maybe a few raspberries.
MN January 17, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I am a Mom of 2 who is very excited about the opening of Red Mango. However, both my children have nut allergies. This limits our options when it comes to restaurants and ice cream/frozen yogurt eateries. I am writing in hopes that Mr. Bloom will consider making the Ridgewood location a "nut free" environment. Many children and adults have to worry about their safety when it comes to everyday eating. It would be a blessing if there was one location in Ridgewood where it was safe for my kids and I to go out and enjoy a delicious treat.

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