I was in New Brunswick recently and was surprised to see that La Fontana, long a mainstay of the dining scene there, is closed for renovations. The place has been gutted and will presumably morph into something quite different. There is also a sign saying that a new menu will be introduced in August (even though the restaurant is supposedly going to be closed until at least September). Anyone know more?
Farther downtown, it seems Catherine Lombardi has suspended lunch service until after Labor Day. A fellow next to me said he thought it was because business falls off when the university is not in session but I'm not sure I buy this. I seriously doubt that Catherine Lombardi is a destination for students at any time and I also doubt that many faculty pop over for lunch on a weekday. Furthermore, with a new luxury hotel right across the street from CL, you'd think they would pick up business from people staying there.
And finally, I read that about a year ago The Frog and The Peach, one of my favorite restaurants in New Brunswick, introduced a bistro menu in an attempt to attract more patrons with lower prices. The Ryland Inn tried the same thing, apparently without success.
I don't see any of these developments as positive, but then maybe I'm just paranoid! :-))