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Raymond's Opening Not Yet Determined, Co-Owner Says

Long-awaited, the brunch transplant from Montclair will be unveiling the famous French toast sometime next week, a source tells Patch.

It's beginning to look a lot like Raymond's. The oft-delayed opening of the dynamo brunch spot on the corner of East Ridgewood Avenue and Oak Street still remains unclear, co-owner Joanne Ricci said Tuesday, disputing an earlier report on Patch.

A source told Patch the restaurant had aims to do a friends and family opening on the weekend with plans to open to the public sometime next week.

Ricci says the restaurant does not yet have a certificate of occupancy and has made no determination as to when the brunch spot will open.

The restaurant has spent the last month building a staff and implementing training.

Raymond's first acquired what once housed Washington Mutual Bank in 2011 and projected an opening in summer of 2012.

The Ridgewood location will be slightly larger than the original Montclair location and will retain the classical 1930s Parisian flair with reclaimed subway tiles, old brick and an archway.

"It's the best french toast in the universe," Ricci said in late 2011. "We pay a lot of attention to the quality of the ingredients we use. We get our eggs from a farm up in Sussex county and it's better than organic."

Editor's note: An earlier version of this report cited a source claiming the restaurant would open next week. The report has been updated to reflect comments made by Raymond's co-owner Joanne Ricci disputing those claims.

Anonymous Guy December 05, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The CO process in Ridgewood is ridiculous, however, they should be able to get a TCO if they are mostly there and the punch list items are not life threatening. Unfortunately Ridgewood continues to suffer from a building department that's run like a Fiefdom and not like a building department. Best of luck to Raymond's, a welcome addition!
MG December 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Joanne you should not nit pick when free advertising is involved.
ann m December 05, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Joanne was not snippy, some just have to find a negative in everything... Can't wait until you open....
Steve December 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Yes! You are right! We need yet another restaurant in Ridgewood! I hope one opens up in the Blend space like you suggest, since Raymond's is only the latest one to be opening soon! When are we going to change the name of our town to "Village of Restaurants".
Steve December 07, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Some people (Brian) have waaaaay too much time on their hands...and get offended at anything (Brian). Life's short. Lighten up. Sometimes things in writing don't come out the way they're intended, folks. Let's not rush to judgement here just to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

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