Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Diner-style restaurant planned on Cedar Lane
A former waiter at Louie's Charcoal Pit, which closed last year, is set to open a new restaurant next month not far from the longtime Teaneck landmark. The new diner-style eatery, called Al's Charcoal Pit, will open at what was Mabat Steakhouse at Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue, and be run by the popular Louie's staffer K. M. S. Alom, known to most customers as Al. In an interview Tuesday, he said loyal Louie's fans have been asking him to launch his own diner since the Cedar Lane staple closed. Al said he was approached with an opportunity to run the new eatery and jumped at the chance. "They said 'I want to see you again,'" the 20 year Louie's veteran said, adding customers had been calling and sending letters since Louie's shut down. …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Developer presents traffic safety measures for proposed drive-through pharmacy
A proposed drive-through Walgreens pharmacy on Cedar Lane has prompted concerns over traffic safety and congestion from area residents and township officials. Representatives of Win Development LLC, which is seeking permission to build the store in place of the closed Louie's Charcoal Pit, an adjacent corner gas station and the former Davis Toys, maintained that the drive-through traffic would be minimal and offered to install a host of pedestrian safety devices. Under the proposal, drive-through customers would travel to the rear of the store and exit onto Cedar Lane across the sidewalk on a driveway between the pharmacy's eastern end and the next-door property, according to plans filed with the township. Motorists would only be allowed…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Plan calls for drive-through pharmacy on Cedar Lane
A developer seeking to build a Walgreens pharmacy in place of three Cedar Lane structures is set to appear before the township zoning board Thursday night. Win Development LLC has unveiled plans to demolish the former Louie's Charcoal Pit, the vacant Davis Toys and corner gas station Larry's Friendly Service to make way for the pharmacy. The project includes a drive-through, 26 space parking lot and additional driveways. Residents have raised concerns over the potential traffic impact from a drive-through and balked at the prospect of a third drug store opening in the immediate area. The property owners, however, have said they are struggling financially and Walgreens is their only serious offer. Thursday's public meeting is set for 7 …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Should Walgreens open on Cedar Lane? Why or why not? How else would you like to see the properties used?
Wednesday, February 13
A developer's plan to build a Walgreens on Cedar Lane has drawn criticism from some residents and merchants who said the drug store would force others out of business and not fit with the town's shopping district. Win Development LLC is seeking to build a Walgreens at the former Louie's Charcoal Pit, the vacant Davis Toys and corner gas station Larry's Friendly Service. The landlord for the former toy store and the gas station's owner said they have been struggling and Walgreens is the only viable option for the location. Click to read a full story on the Walgreens proposal Should Walgreens open on Cedar Lane? Why or why not? How else would you like to see the properties used? Related Coverage: Follow Patch on Twitter, Facebook and click …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Walgreens proposed across from local pharmacy and near a CVS
A public hearing on the Walgreens project will be held Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Teaneck Public Library A proposed Walgreens drugstore on Cedar Lane includes a drive-through window, dozens of parking spaces and would benefit consumers by adding new competition to the area, representatives for the project said at a community meeting. Some residents and Cedar Lane merchants, however, contend the chain store is entering a market already well-served by two drug stores and would not fit in with other nearby stores. Win Development LLC has submitted plans to build the Walgreens at the former Louie's Charcoal Pit, the vacant Davis Toys and corner gas station Larry's Friendly Service. The plans call for the existing buildings to be torn down to …
Monday, February 11, 2013
"Living witness" becomes first historic tree in Teaneck
The centuries-old red oak tree at the corner of Cedar Lane and Palisade Avenue is now officially a historic site, the first tree to receive such a designation in Teaneck. Residents have long fought to preserve the massive oak, and the town council last week formally marked the tree as the Teaneck's 16th historic site. The tree is said to be 250 to 300 years old and located on the site of the former Samuel Campbell farmhouse, built sometime before 1837. The property once stretched from the Hudson River to Hackensack River. "The tree was standing before the birth of our nation and before George Washington's retreat over the Hackensack River at Historic New Bridge Landing and, as such, is a remnant of a rural landscape that contributes to …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Proposed pharmacy could replace Louie's and two other Cedar Lane properties. Public meeting scheduled for Thursday night.
The developer seeking to build a Walgreens on Cedar Lane will hold a public meeting Thursday night to share details of the project and gather community input, a representative said today. The pharmacy is planned in place of three adjacent properties, including the shuttered Louie's diner and a corner gas station at Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue. "We think we have an excellent application that will revitalize Cedar Lane," said Victor Herlinsky, an attorney representing the project. Plans call for the Walgreens to include a drive-through, and Herlinsky said additional details would be shared at the meeting. If built, Walgreens would become the third drug store in the immediate area. Another Walgreens store on Cedar Lane closed and is now a …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Phoebe's Place will host a grand opening Wednesday at the former BLAST location.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Frozen yogurt shop closed last month
Friday, January 25
After opening in September 2011, Yo Boys Frozen Yogurt closed late last month. The frozen yogurt spot shut down amid a string of other closures on Cedar Lane. The yogurt shop was directly adjacent to Cedar Lane Cinemas, which closed in November. What business would you like to see replace Yo Boys? Readers have floated Starbucks and fast food as suggestions for the Cedar Lane business district, but what kind of business would you prefer in the former Yo Boys location? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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 …