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mémoire in Ridgewood has closed

mémoire in Ridgewood

mémoire in Ridgewood has announced they have closed. The restaurant opened back in 2013.

Below is the full statement from owner/chef Tom Finnelli:

“This was probably one of the toughest decisions that I’ve ever had to make. I love the restaurant business and opening mémoire was the realization of a childhood dream. It pains me to close it. But it comes down to risk versus reward. There is the obvious financial and emotional burden that comes with owning and operating a small business; but more importantly, there is a quality of life burden. I have a wife and two young children whom I love very dearly. As Executive Chef and Owner, it wasn’t uncommon to work 75 to 90 hours a week. In fact, it was often the norm. I have no problem working hard, but there has to be a balance. And I think working as an Executive Chef for a place that I don’t own will likely create the balance that I’m looking for.

We have so many wonderful guests that will be missed. They were not only huge supporters of our restaurant, but were like family to us. Thank you for your loyalty. It was a pleasure to serve you.

Maybe one of the hardest parts of closing the restaurant was saying goodbye to my team. Everyone on our team worked very hard. They were loyal and helped to make the restaurant the best that it could be. Especially Frank, our Maître d’, whom many of guests assumed was my partner because of his passion and love for hospitality. He treated the restaurant as his own and always went above and beyond to make our guests feel welcome.”

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Ridgewood Guild Kicks off Small Business Saturday with 2015 Winterfest


On Saturday, November 28, 2015 The Ridgewood Guild will sponsor its fifth annual Winterfest, to coincide with Small Business Saturday!

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square will set the stage with special holiday performances by The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus and Declan Power!

The park will be decorated, there will be ice sculptures,  horse drawn hayrides around town, cookies, candy canes, complimentary hot chocolate a trackless train ride and more!

So, come downtown to enjoy the festivities, welcome in the holiday season and support your local businesses! Learn more about what Ridgewood Businesses are doing for Small Business Saturday!

Join us for Small Business Saturday!

Shop Small Ridgewood!
November 28, 2015

Win 1 of 5 Ridgewood Guild $100 Gift Certificates to use at any participating business (listed below)

All you need to do is:

1. Follow @ridgewoodguildnj on Instagram
2. Like the Ridgewood Guild on Facebook
3. Post a selfie tagging @ridgewoodguildnj and #shopsmallridgewood

You will automatically be entered into the random drawing! Have fun shopping small (and local) this year!

Participating Ridgewood Businesses:

Mango Jam
Chestnut Deli and Catering
Markosian Fine Art Jewelry
Wostbrock Home and Floors
Backyard Living
Kate Spade
Gardiner and Co.
Jekyll and Hide
Coco Curtain Studio
Suite 201
Social by Suite 201
Vintage 61
Pangea Coins and Jewelry
Rossi’s of Ridgewood
Ridgewood Cycle
Goffle Brook Farms and Garden Center
Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique
Village Eyewear
Red Velvet Luxe
Beer’s Flower Shop
The Quilt Spot
Park West Tavern
Ben & Jerry’s
The Green Olive Branch
Bazaar Star Beadery
Pinot’s Palette
Greenwich Nails
Karma Organic Spa
Araya Rebirth
Carlo’s Bakery
La Tour
Ridgewood Culinary Studio
Super Juice Nation
A Mano
Italia di Gusto
Best of Everything
Fish Urban Dining
Greenbaum Interiors
The Daily Treat
Cupcakes by Carousel
Flackman, Goodman, and Potter
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

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4 Ridgewood Restaurants Now Offer Valet Parking

Restaurant mémoire, Fish Urban Dining, It’s Greek To Me and Gen Sushi in Ridgewood, NJ now offer Complimentary Valet Parking

Mémoire, a fine dining restaurant offering seasonal, American eclectic cuisine in a casual NYC-style atmosphere, announced that the restaurant, along with Fish Urban Dining, It’s Greek To Me and Gen Sushi will offer complimentary valet parking on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Mémoire Owner and Executive Chef, Tom Finnelli stated the following: “It was ten months in the making, but we are thrilled to finally be able to offer valet parking to our guests. It is definitely a win-win to have four restaurants included in one valet service because it’s not about the individual restaurants; it’s about the guest and providing a much needed accommodation on nights when parking is limited. Hopefully, this will evolve into valet for every restaurant in the town, which will help to further revive one of the best dining destinations in New Jersey.”

About the Valet Services: Valet services will be available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 5 p.m. Valet stations will be conveniently located on the corners of Chestnut Street and East Ridgewood Avenue and Prospect Street and East Ridgewood Avenue.

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Its Steak and Eggs for Brunch this Fall at memoire of Ridgewood


Ridgewood Restaurant mémoire introduces Fall 2015 Brunch Menu

mémoire, a fine dining restaurant offering seasonal, American eclectic cuisine in a casual NYC-style atmosphere, announced its Fall 2015 brunch menu.

Ridgewood Nj, Mémoire Owner and Executive Chef, Tom Finnelli said, “This is the first significant change in our brunch menu since we began offering brunch in January. Besides adding seasonal components to the dishes, we added more lunch items and elevated the existing breakfast items. For example, our LOBSTER EGGS BENEDICT is now served with a celery root & potato cake (in place of the original jalapeño biscuit) and a cognac sabayon (in place of a traditional hollandaise). Our “STEAK” & EGGS are served with crescent farms long island duck breast with a pumpkin celery root hash, sunny-side up egg, naval orange confit and a roasted plum sauce. It’s truly a great brunch menu and I’m excited to introduce it on Sunday.”

About the Menu: Many of mémoire’s dishes are interpretations of classics, such as their LOBSTER EGGS BENEDICT and “STEAK” & EGGS. Other dishes, such as ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, AUTUMN HARVEST SALAD and CINDERELLA PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST, are what you might call, fall on a plate. Traditional breakfast dishes are offered, such as omelets and pancakes, but in a more refined way. There is even a children’s menu offering eggs, pancakes, french toast, pizza, pasta and chicken.

At mémoire, the answer is always “yes”!

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Prix fixe Now at Memoire


photo by Yvonne

Prix fixe Now at Memoire

Memoire has just added a prix fixe menu on Friday, Saturday .Memoire is a BYOB , located on Chestnut street thats has a sophisticated ambience ,with excellent service , but as they say the draw is most definitely the food.

Memoire is now offering its two-course, $28 prix fixe menu every Friday and Saturday between 5 and 6 p.m. It is also available between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday. 

 photo by Yvonne

16 Chestnut St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 857-8899

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Memoire Guest Loyalty Program


Memoire Guest Loyalty Program

Memoire Guest Loyalty Program was launched in June & offers our guests dining points & rewards each & every time they dine with us. I hope you’ll sign-up the next time you dine with us.

Memoire, recently hired a fantastic Sous Chef named Carlos Hernandez. He comes to us with a great deal of experience in world cuisine and has already begun to make a positive impact with our menu.

Kids Eat Free* 
12 And Under
must order from kids menu; one free entree; one free dessert

We know you’re busy and finding time to cook isn’t always easy. That’s why we offer “Kids Night” where kids eat free, every Sunday, from 5:00 -9:00 p.m.
“I have two young children, Ashley and Ethan, who I love very dearly. Children have a special place in my heart and I believe families should be able to go out and have a family meal together at a great restaurant. That’s why our restaurant is kid friendly.

Our Maitre d’, Frank, has a daughter of his own and is great with young kids. He often takes kids on a tour of the restaurant and encourages them to color pictures to display on our walls. 

We offer a great children’s menu and although children are welcome on any night of the week, we believe in Sunday family dinners, which is why we offer a free entree & dessert to children under 12 on Sundays.

So come join us any night of the week and allow us to create a memorable dining experience for the whole family.”
– Tom Finnelli, Owner & Executive Che

16 Chestnut St
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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Phone number(201) 857-8899