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New Arts Cafe to Open on Cedar Lane

Cafe named for famed Teaneck singer, songwriter.

A new cafe featuring live music, poetry and art space will open early next month at the former BLAST location on Cedar Lane.

The new cafe, Phoebe's Place, is named for the late chart-topping musician Phoebe Snow, who grew up in Teaneck, according to the owner's announcement made Wednesday. The cafe will host a range of artists and musicians while serving light and healthy fare. 

The Phoebe's Place kitchen will include a menu created by chef Michelle Schotanus, the former owner of Salsa! in Edgewater, and Mind Body and Spirit. It will be BYOB and offer hearty and healthy soups, gourmet salads, sandwiches, burgers, cheese plates and some Mexican dishes, according to Leo Lavoro, a representative for the eatery.

Lunch will be served from noon to 4 p.m. during the week and on weekends, barring any special events. The main kitchen will open Wednesday through Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. 

Cafe owner John Bale said in a news release he was inspired by Snow's work. 

"With both of us having spent our early years in Teaneck it seemed fitting to dedicate the space to her and to any artist on a journey,” he said. 

Bale also comes from an artistic background, having spent years in New York City as a playwriting, actor, producer, director and teacher, the release said. 

Phoebe's Place will hold a grand opening Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at 445 Cedar Lane.

in September. 

A full schedule of upcoming events at Phoebe's Place is below: 

Wednesday, 2/6 @ 7 p.m. - The first ‘Poetry Man’ Wednesday with Lorraine Sorvino scheduled as the evenings featured poet, with open reading to follow

Thursday, 2/7 @ 8 p.m.  - The first Open Mic Night with host singer/actor Charlie Sara 

Saturday, 2/9 @ 4 p.m. - The first art exhibit featuring the paintings of Tamara Balsamides For more information: http://tamarabalsamides.com/Home_Page.html. The exhibit will be accompanied by the modern honky tonk sounds of May Lane with guitarist/songwriter Rowland Stebbing

Friday, 2/15 @ 8 p.m. – NYC Alternative Pop Singer/Songwriter Kelly Bazely. For more information: http://www.facebook.com/kellybazely1

Friday, 2/22 @ 8 p.m. - NYC Alternative Pop Singer/Songwriter Kelly Bazely 

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Laraine Chaberski January 26, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I really don't understand the numerous complaints about lack of parking in Teaneck. Just park in back of the stores and walk around the corner. In Teaneck you don't even have to feed the parking meters as you do in Englewood and Hackensack.
NativeNewYorker January 27, 2013 at 08:09 PM
It's about time!!!!!! I'll be supporting it for sure. This is exactly the type of businesses I would like to see open in Teaneck. Welcome!!
Jacob February 07, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Anyone know how the opening went last night?
Morty Tashman February 13, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Morty Tashman I can't wait to get there !
Ferdnitman February 13, 2013 at 02:31 AM
I will definitely go when Morty Tashman goes. - Mr. Ferdnitman
Morty Tashman February 13, 2013 at 03:29 AM
This is the best thing that ever happened !
Ben Wobenotly February 13, 2013 at 03:41 AM
I hope there is good parking. Mr. Ferdnitman can't walk too far.
Morty Tashman February 13, 2013 at 04:45 PM
If Mr Ferdnitman can't walk there either myself or my sister Muriel Hobenoben would be happy to pick him up...We'll be there !
Bate Wosental February 13, 2013 at 06:28 PM
What side of the street is it on?
Ferdnitman February 13, 2013 at 06:58 PM
It's across the way from the cinema. Let's go tonight!
Noah Cohen February 13, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Hi Bate, It's not across from Cedar Lane Cinemas. Article notes the address is 445 Cedar Lane, closer to American Legion Drive.
Ferdnitman February 13, 2013 at 09:08 PM
445 Legion Drive? I thought it was on Cedar? Hey Morty, where is this place?
Noah Cohen February 13, 2013 at 09:10 PM
It says 445 Cedar Lane, near American Legion Drive.
Morty Tashman February 13, 2013 at 09:19 PM
CEDAR LANE!!!!! By that Dollar Store....Listen, we'll call a cab and pick up Bate...so we shouldn't get lost....
Ferdnitman February 13, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Bate slipped on the ice by his house. His daughter is taking him to Holy Name.
Morty Tashman February 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Oh, that's not good news..I hope he didn't break any bones. It looks like you, me and Ben are the only ones going.we'll take a cab I'd hate to fall too.
Lauren Hooker February 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM
WOuld love to play here some time - please check me out - live here in Teaneck 20 years now - singer songwriter - here is a review of my latest concert - referred to Phoebe and my playing - cool coincidence hey?? www.laurenhooker.com Written by Richard Skelly For the Asbury Park Press Host of the “Low-Budget Blues Show’’ on WRSU 88.7 FM. If you miss the late singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that her native town of Teaneck has no shortage of female blues and jazz talent. Last Saturday, I went to hear vocalist-pianist Lauren Hooker and her Quartet at the Puffin Cultural Forum off Teaneck Road. She played some excellent blues and jazz piano, accompanied by Tim Horner on drums, John Hart on guitar and Martin Wind, bass and cello. She performed a blues song “Countin’ on the Blues,” a song she wrote as a 22-year-old, and her voice, one minute powerful and soulful and the next minute subtle and understated, at times reminded me of Snow, who we lost April 26, 2011 at a rehab/hospice center in Edison. Hooker included a tune by pianist Mal Waldron showcased her lyrics, “Seagulls of Kristiansund,” accompanied by Wind on cello. Hooker also threw in a stirring take on Shirley Horn’s “Here’s To Life.”
Laraine Chaberski February 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Bob and I had lunch at Phoebe's. Excellent red lentil soup and turkey sandwich with salad. Turkey was real roasted turkey, moist and delicious. Salad included with sandwich. Give Phoebe's a try. We think you'll be glad you went.
Celeste Bateman February 22, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Had the best organic veggie chilli ever!
morty tashman February 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM
CHILE con carne !! Wow ..that's my favorite meal ! I can eat bowls of that. I will be there.
Morty Tashman February 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM
CHILE con carne !! Wow ..that's my favorite meal ! I can eat bowls of that. I will be there.
Ben Wobenotly February 25, 2013 at 02:30 AM
If it wasn't so late I would go over now and get a good bowl of that Chile con carne!
Bate Wosental February 25, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Hey Morty, can you bring me a bowl of chile next time you go? I couldn't find Blast anywhere!! Is it on Legion drive?
Ferdnitman February 25, 2013 at 03:25 AM
I think perhaps Blast closed? or am i thinking of the movie theater? Bate, doesn't your daughter work at the dollar store? she should know.
Morty Tashman February 25, 2013 at 05:28 AM
My sister Muriel works at the dollar store. NOT BATES DAUGHTER. You 're getting mixed up. Let's all go out for Chile con carne next week. I haven't had a bowl in years.we will call a cab. They will know this Blast place.
Morty Tashman February 25, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Let's pick a nite this week to go out for Chile con carne. I can't wait.. my sister works in the dollar store. NOT BATES DAUGHTER. We can call a cab. They will know where this Blast place is.
Ferdnitman February 25, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Your sister works at the dollar store too? Maybe she is friends with Bate's daughter? Maybe they can meet us for Chile con carne at Blast! We should get together this week.
Bate Wosental February 25, 2013 at 03:26 PM
My daughter went on poetry night and had a good tmie. I think we should meet for Chile con carne on poetry night. I wrote some nice poems about the birds on Cedar Lane. We can split the cab fare. Cab driver will know where this Blast place is.
Judy Distler February 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Go for lunch, not only light dinners with entertainment, meet John and his wonderful chef - try the absolutely fabulous turkey sandwich - Get a little exercise and walk from one of the many parking lots, as Lorraine suggested, and support this new and wonderful Teaneck hot spot!
Morty Tashman April 09, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Hey Bate,did you ever get a bowl of that Chile con carne at Phoebe' s Patch ?


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