Low Foot Traffic, Down Economy Leads Cedar Lane Eatery to Close

Teaneck's Fish of The C’s has closed.

Fish of The C’s Fish Grill and Restaurant on Cedar Lane closed its doors last week.

Owner Clark Loffman, of Teaneck, said the current state of the economy is tough on small restaurants.

“We had a nice following; it just wasn’t from a business standpoint economically viable anymore,” Loffman said. “Foot traffic on Cedar Lane isn’t what it used to be.”

On Tuesday, the restaurant posted a farewell message on its Facebook page.

"A lot of thought went into this decision along with many sleepless nights. Emotionally, it was a tough decision. Financially, it was the only decision," a post on the restaurant's Facebook page said. 

The eatery has received an outpouring of support from fans on Facebook. 

“It has been a great three and half years, and I want to thank all of you for your unwavering support of the restaurant,” the Facebook message said. “So, the next time you batter, dip and deep fry a Milky Way bar or a piece of cheesecake, need to warm up with some creamy New England Chowder, or just want a piece of fresh Norwegian Salmon Grilled or Blackened with sautéed broccoli and garlic, I hope you'll think of Fish of the C's and all the good times we had.”

Fish of the C's is the latest in a series of Teaneck stores to shut down. In January 2011, after ten years in town. Kosher steakhouse Mabat, also on Cedar Lane, .

Boosting the town's business climate during the recent township council race.  


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Legal Notice May 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Can someone remind Loretta Weinberg to focus on NJ Jobs and the economy instead of Gay Marriage please
What Lola Wants May 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I love fish of the seas but the prices doubled in the last few weeks and I have to stop going to my monthly outing.
Orthowatch May 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM
If stores were allowed to be open on Sundays, a lot more business would be staying in the area instead of going North to Palisades Center or South to Jersey Gardens. Maybe it's time to get rid of the blue laws.
henry frisch May 11, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Of course it is time to offer local option on the blue law. In fact it is way past time. Unfortunately, Paramus does not want competition. They assume a dollar not spent Sunday in Teaneck becomes a dollar spent Monday in Paramus. And they want to have their cake and eat it too: low taxes plus all the business.
Gail O'Connor May 11, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Isn't wonderful that she is currently doing both?
Gail O'Connor May 11, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Very overpriced and $5.00 charge for delivery!!
JamesTS May 11, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Blue laws?? lets stop blaming other people for Teaneck problems. Blue Laws are every where in Bergen County but other towns dont have all these stores closing. Cedar Lane business need help!
henry frisch May 11, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Of course the blue law is the problem. The perception in the world is that businesses are all closed Saturday (even when they are open). No retail business can do well with only five days a week. We need an option as to which day a business closes (at the minimum). This was the ancient practice in New York before NY entered the modern world. If stores in Teaneck were known to be open Sundays there would be a total change.
John Santaella May 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Mabat closed, Fish of the C's, Peking closed a few years ago after many years on Cedar Lane. Over saturated with kosher restaurants with limited clients. The West Englewood ares restaurants seem to be doing well.
Tee Smyth May 11, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Let's say what it really is: Cedar Lane needs more diversity. I have no reason to go there except for the occassional trip to CVS. Why is Englewood's downtown area booming? Welp, they have a little something for everyone.
Orthowatch May 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM
There is a big difference between Teaneck and the rest of Bergen County. Teaneck has the largest population of Orthodox Jews. They can't do their shopping on Saturday, when stores are open, because of Sabbath.
zizi May 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Shimon: I am sorry to break this news to you but be prepared.... they are raising taxes like there is no tomorrow..... in this day and age when we should look to cut spending ... we have people here who love to spend and consider 2% increase actually a cut........ Funny Math they teach at THS... ;)
zizi May 11, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I think the better thing will be to get rid of blue laws and let the store owners decide what is good for their business.....
henry frisch May 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Zizi, of course you are right, but the political process has so far overwhelmed Bergen County and left this county as the only backwater in the state--in the country, in fact--with a blue law in effect.
Noah Cohen May 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Everyone: What kind of stores would you all like to see on Cedar Lane?
JamesTS May 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Better Restaurants and more Retail shopping. Also more "high end" housing like condos etc to bring more people. I say copy Englewood/Ridgewood
Tee Smyth May 11, 2012 at 08:21 PM
More inclusive, upscale restaurants. Better retail shopping (clothes and shoes). A lot of the stuff on Cedar Lane is niche.....which is why I rarely ever go there. In a nutshell: I agree with JamesTS.
Art Vatsky May 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
JamesTS: You are right. That was the formula that Englewood and Ridgewood used. Housing for empty nesters near shopping and transit. Can't call it skyscrapers because the housing is only 4 stories high in Englewood. Teaneck turned such proposals down in the past 10 years. That means residents who want to sell their homes have no choice but to relocate to other towns like Ft. Lee or Hackensack. True, new families move into those homes but we lose long time residents who wanted to stay but could not. Ask a Council member, "Why?"
Mildred May 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
@ Noah, Cedar lane has limited parking. I'd like to see a Staples, Starbucks and many other stores that meet the needs of the residents as well as outsiders.Stores like foot locker, NY and Co, men and womens outlet shoe and clothing store etc. I shop in Paramus because of the limited parking on Cedar lane and, the quality of stores. Consumers love sales and bargens. The current stores fall short on communcating cost savings with the entire town....The quality of store don't attract people.
Roby Langert May 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM
#1 rule in retail.5 days rent..weekend for profit.
JAD May 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Add me onto the list of nice mid to high end shopping. Perhaps a few chain stores to anchor the block with a steady stream of shoppers as well as smaller locally owned shops. I'm going to ditto looking to the balance that Ridgewood and Englewood have to offer. I'd also LOVE to have a nicer restaurant (or two) with a nicer bar area to sit and have a glass of wine and an appetizer on a Friday or Saturday night.
Gail O'Connor May 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Right on
Art Vatsky May 12, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I agree with Henry Frisch. Teaneck needs the local option on the Blue Laws. We are too big and well located to resort to becoming only a bedroom community. Too boring. Regarding the Blue Laws, why is it that we are forced to observe the holy day of one religion while disregarding the holy days of other religion. There should be a choice by each business as to which they choose to observe.
CHRIS FOX May 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Cedar lane for years has been regarded for one particular set of people, it's gonna be hard to change that perception until you change who is in office and get some more diversity of stores that will attract a different audience, the people who also fight against big name store coming Bcse of traffic concerns adds to the decline as well, they know what needs to be done and known for years, but they tried to make it for only one group and screw the others, now karma is teaching a lesson. Many residents in Teaneck fight everything that's gonna bring traffic to the community, Paramus has lower taxes because they have all the big name stores that helps to keep their taxes low, but not Teaneck their nose is so far up in the air they won't allow it and have their many reasons why so this is the outcome. It's time to loosen the reigns and change over who's in control and diversify
henry frisch May 13, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Chris-- Cedar Lane cannot get those national businesses because they do not believe there will be Saturday traffic or them and they cannot make it with only five days of business. Sunday is a must to get those businesses to come. It has nothing to do with the political situation in Teaneck and everything to do with hardnosed business decisions by those national outfits you want to see on Cedar Lane.
Teanecker May 16, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Poor foot traffic is a direct result of poor parking availability. I hate to go to Cedar Lane because it is difficult to park my car. Both street parking and the one public lot are almost always full. Add to that the high probability of getting ticket because of the pedestrian cross walks and I avoid Cedar Lane as much as possible. ( I appreciate the law but it is enforced as a method of generating revenue rather than as a safety issue). The West Englewood area overtook Cedar Lane for kosher stores in part because there is a parking lot which makes it easier to get to. Chris, how does the town council actions regarding Cedar Lane favor orthodox Jews. Are there laws, statutes or rules that make it make it more favorable for kosher restaurants or is it just the free market? In what way did they "[try] to make it for only one group and screw the others"? There are both kosher and non-kosher stores on Cedar Lane, In what way would it help to not have the kosher restaurants?
Paul Ostrow May 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Teanecker... There are several parking lots on and near Cedar Lane, not just one. Largest capacity is #1 south of Cedar between American Legion Dr. and Chestnut; it is NEVER full. #2 North of Cedar between Windsor and Garrison is rarely up to capacity. #3 Smaller, but still useful is Elm Ave. just north of Cedar Lane...#4 north of Cedar Lane west of Garrison, behind Taipei Noodle and Noah's; about 15 spots. If one is willing to walk and does not have large packages, there are scores of streets north and south within three blocks with few and often no restrictions. Parking should not be problematic.
henry frisch May 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I got a $54 ticket while parked in front of a barber shop that had a long line of clients ahead of me. When I emerged, according to the parking agent, I had been inside just over an hour. The one hour parking on parts of Cedar Lane is an abomination that forces consumers to go to malls for services and purchases.
Jason Flynn May 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Henry - how can the town say they want us to make USE of the restaurants AND shop at the same time, but restrict us to 1 or 2 hour parking. I know when I go to Jersey Gardens or the Outlets on RT 4, I think I am inside for 3-4 hours minimum and that is WITHOUT a meal - perhaps an ice cream / drink break only!!!
CHRIS FOX May 17, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Not many African Americans, Indians, Spanish, Russians have a need to visit Cedar lane, fail to realize or not but the stigma is that cedar lane predominantly for the Jewish community, Teaneck on a whole is controlled by Jews, bottom line there's not much regard for any others


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