WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. -- The third -- or fourth -- time could be the charm for a small business space in a red-brick building in Wood-Ridge.
In recent years, 525 Moonachie Ave. has housed three other restaurants: Red Hen Bistro, Mariposa, and Black Rebel Burger. And now, there are plans for a fourth – Burger Boss.
The triangular building, which fronts on Hackensack Street, contains several other food-related businesses, including a pizzeria and a Thai restaurant.
According to borough sources, the aforementioned restaurants on the Moonachie side closed for a variety of reasons, but one problem they all may have had in common is the lack of a parking lot.
There is on-street parking right around the corner on Columbia Boulevard, says Rachel Del Vescovo, who co-owns Burger Boss with her husband, John Fuda.
According to boozyburbs.com, a dining and nightlife online newsletter, the restaurant was named Burger Boss because the owners are both Italian and both love movies about the mob.
Their beef burgers, served on homemade challah buns, are named after famous mafia movies and characters.
- The Capo: Panko-crusted mac and cheese with bacon.
- The Godfather: Fried chicken patty, beef patty, cheddar and jack cheese, topped with a fried egg.
- Good Ol’ Jersey burger: Two beef patties with tater tots, Taylor ham, over-easy egg, and cheese.
- Bada Bing BBQ: Stuffed with bacon and cheese, topped with whiskey battered onion rings.
- The Goombah : Stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, swiss cheese and caramelized mushrooms.
Burger Boss also plans to serve veggie burgers, hot dogs and fries.
A soft opening for family and friends is planned for mid-September, Del Vescovo said Tuesday.
The restaurant has installed its equipment and its kitchen is good to go. Most of the tables, chairs and other furniture are in place and finishing touches are being made, decor-wise. Most of the staff has been hired, but the restaurant is still interviewing for "counter people," Del Vescovo said.
Burger Boss has had its fire and other inspections and is just awaiting its certificate of occupancy and a permit for a new awning, Del Vescovo said.
The date for a formal opening will be announced at a later date, she added.
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