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White Eagle Hall
Jersey City is brimming with musical and performing arts talent, and they will soon have a new home at the much anticipated White Eagle Hall. This century-old building was originally a church bingo hall, then later converted into a practice gym for local legends St. Anthony's high school basketball team. The court's original hardwood floors have been repurposed into bar counters and balcony flooring.
The revival of White Eagle Hall will provide the Jersey City Theater Center with a state-of-the-art event space for live music, dance, theater, and visual arts. The first phase of renovation has already seen two restaurants open in its basement level spaces: French bistro Madame Claude Bis, and Cellar 335's progressive American cuisine with an Asian twist and tiki-style bar. White Eagle Hall is looking to be an all-around cultural destination for the northern part of Jersey City's ever-growing downtown. White Eagle Hall is located at 335 Newark Ave.
The legendary hip hop producer Just Blaze will help open the second location of Montclair's popular Japanese restaurant, Ani Ramen House in Jersey City in 2017. The Paterson native may even do a monthly chef spot called "Just Blaze Fridays." It'll feature a yakitori grill menu, an outdoor patio, and a Japanese inspired bar menu with tea infused liquors, Yamazaki Suntory whiskey, yuzu juice, and premium sake, as well as a selection of Asian beers - kanpai! Ani Ramen will be located at 218 Newark Ave, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Tuesday, January 24th at 5pm!
99 Ranch Supermarket
A supermarket that will cater to the city's cultural taste and diversity is much needed in the downtown JC area. Fans of Edgewater's Mitsuwa will be happy to know that 99 Ranch Supermarket – an Asian American Supermarket chain primarily located in California – is now expanding to NJ with a location in the old Pathmark plaza on 420 Grand St.
Journal Squared is a three-tower, mixed-use development with 2,000 residential units and plans to also include offices, retail shops, and an open plaza. This project is hoping to further revitalize its namesake, which has served as a main transportation hub for the PATH trains and NJ Transit buses. The Journal Square area is rich in history and culture, including the restored Loew's Theatre, nearby India Square (also known as Little India), and newcomers like Mana Contemporary. There are also plans for local Whealth & Co to open its first brick and mortar cafe.
Cover image via White Eagle Hall Facebook
Written by Stephanie Sumulong
Jersey City born and raised, Steph
loves that Chilltown is finally flourishing with new small businesses, restaurants, and bars opening at an incredible pace. She has a passion for photography, international food, and live music. One of Steph's shining moments was winning a Gothamist foodie photo contest for a seat as a citizen judge at the 2015 Street Food Vendy Awards. Come discover her latest explorations on Instagram @stephsumu
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