HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - A warm summer night greeted the first outdoor dining and Boulevard Stroll on Thursday night.
Streets were blocked off as restaurants moved their dining rooms outside, taking tables, chairs, place settings and menus onto the Boulevard to welcome people to a unique al fresco dining experience. Some sat under canopies, some were under oversized umbrellas.
Families walked the Boulevard, couples pushed strollers or pulled wagons with children, some walked their dogs, children road bikes., while listening to impromptu music was provided by Chip Dee's Academy of Music and KTB Coffee Shop and Lounge.
"It was a really great night," said Ray Vorisek, president of the Hasbrouck Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce. "It was a huge success with great turnout. A big thanks to everyone involved."
The evening was a cooperative effort between the Hasbrouck Heights Mayor and Council. Hasbrouck Heights Police and Fire Departments, DPW, Chamber and local restaurants.
Diners could choose from various cuisines from Heights Bar & Grill, Bella Pizza, Maru Sushi, The Risotto House, KTB Coffee Shop, Dumpling, Lovey's Pizza, Sofia's Mediterranean Grill, Heights Pizza, Tom Yum Koong, and Ho Hei Kitchen. Sweet treats could be found at Soul Sweets Café, Spindler's Bake Shop, and Ralph's Italian Ices.
Alimah and Dennis dined out with their daughter Serenity. They said they normally walk the Boulevard every day and stopped to enjoy a meal outside.
George Friedel was treated to dinner at the Risotto House by his daughter Morgan. It was their first time at the restaurant.
"The food was really good, and the service was really good," he said. "We had a good time."
The Castellano and Bua families enjoyed dinner out together.
"It was such a nice evening...I hope the borough does this more often," said Lisa Castellano. "It helps the local businesses and the community come together, which is really wonderful to see."
Both Councilman Ron Kistner and Vorisek agreed that they are looking to plan another one.
TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro is Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge and Teterboro’s free daily news source, and is the official newspaper of the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education, Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council, and Wood-Ridge Board of Education.