While there are a number of New Jersey celebrities traveling into New York City for some fine dining, it seems the celebrity chefs are moving their skills to the Garden State!
Marcus Samuelsson, the Harlem-based chef and TV personality, is opening a new restaurant at the former Hahne’s department store in Newark, which is undergoing a major redevelopment. The exact concept has yet to be determined, but will be about 2,250 square feet and be in the same building as the city’s first Whole Foods supermarket, 160 apartments, community arts space developed by Rutgers, and additional retail and office space.
Samuelsson was convinced by a friend and business partner to commit to Newark and the chef began taking trips to the largest city in the state on his own, according to the Wall Street Journal. “I’m always fascinated with historically African-American communities that are all going through a journey of transformation,” he told the publication. He plans to make more visits to determine a concept that will serve the local community.
This will be another project for the popular chef who has appeared on multiple Food Network shows, written many cookbooks, and owns many restaurants throughout the world including Harlem’s famous Red Rooster.
“We are very excited to bring Marcus Samuelsson to Hahne’s and to offer everyone who lives in, works in or visits Newark a dining experience from one of the best chefs in the world,” said Jonathan Cortell, Vice President of Development at building owner L+M Development Partners. “We believe that food and restaurants help anchor our communities and view this restaurant as another step in the transformation of the city.”