www.boozyburbs.com Christine Nunn Re-Opening Picnic in Ridgewood
Now Open: Picnic on the Square in Ridgewood
DECEMBER 13, 2014 LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014, 1:21 AM
Picnic on the Square
26 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood; 201-444-4001
* A no-brainer: This is hardly chef/owner Christine Nunn’s first Picnic restaurant. Her first, which opened in Emerson in 2004, primarily as a catering firm, was “successful — people loved the food — but not financially successful,” Nunn said. It closed in 2010. On New Year’s Eve 2012 Nunn launched Picnic, the Restaurant, in Fair Lawn, which diners and critics loved as well – the restaurant received rave reviews, including three out of four stars from The Record — but it too closed, in January 2013. Then Alex Parlamis of Axia Taverna made an offer Nunn could not refuse. “I was lucky enough to have someone ask me if I want to start another Picnic,” she said. Picnic on the Square opened last month.
* The difference: There isn’t much difference between the last Picnic and this Picnic, Nunn said: “It’s the same Riedel wineglasses, same fish forks and knives.” She concedes the 32-seat Picnic on the Square is a bit less formal, “a little less stuffy-looking,” sporting brick walls and huge windows.