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Washington St. Bistro to Open in Former Shake It! Space

Shake It! Burgers and Dogs closed in early January after being open less than a year.

It appears the owner of the former Shake It! Burgers and Dogs wasn't kidding when he said his restaurant's replacement was not far behind.

A "Coming Soon" sign has gone up for the "Washington St. Bistro" at what before was a burger-centric joint was .

Shake It! closed Jan. 11 after being open less than a year. Owner Ray Luetters, who took over the business in June, cited health reasons for the closure. He added, "the new proprietor will apparently will be opening soon."

We're not sure how much of a historic theme this new restaurant plans to have, but it already has set the stage with a logo featuring none other than Gen. George Washington apparently ready to eat, suppied with knife and fork. No estimated opening date for the new dining destination was shown outside the building.

What do you think of Washington St. Bistro opening in the former Shake It!/Cha Cha Cha space? Let us know in the comments.

Raquel February 20, 2013 at 02:04 PM
any update on wash st bistro? looks like they posted menus and possibly opened?
Dan S. February 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM
French style bistro with decent prices. Reminds me of the Petit Robert in Boston....cassoulet, onion gratinee, braised pork shank, sweetbreads. Etc. Yum! Nice to have a French place that isn't the decaying bluehaired dinosaur grand cafe...
Warren Bobrow February 27, 2013 at 05:28 PM
"Dan" I take offense as a professional food writer and local resident of Morristown for over 50 years. There is nothing old and dinosaur about the Grand Cafe, Desmond Lloyd has a very fresh approach to classic French and modern Irish cuisine. Nearly all the ingredients are from scratch, using the best ingredients possible, something that cannot be said for most Morristown restaurants. Is it because you have never eaten at the Grand Cafe? If you had then your baseless accusations about old food would be lost to the wind. Of course since you don't post under your own name, I suppose all of my feelings would be for naught. It's important, "Dan" to chose your words carefully when making such libelous accusations about old style cooking. The Grand Cafe is anything but old style cooking.
Dan S. May 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Warren: I just saw this comment. Are you for real? In point of fact, I was referring to the atmosphere, not the food. And in my opinion, Grand Cafe has an atmosphere that appeals to old timers and blue haired ladies. It's stilted, overly formal, a bit musty, etc. I'm pretty sure it attracts mostly a 50 and up crowd. Calling my opinions "libelous" just show how little you know about, well, anything.
Dan S. May 28, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Warren: I just saw this comment. Are you for real? In point of fact, I was referring to the atmosphere, not the food. And in my opinion, Grand Cafe has an atmosphere that appeals to old timers and blue haired ladies. It's stilted, overly formal, and old fashioned...like a 1970s restauranteur's ideas of what a Parisian restaurant would look like. I'm pretty sure it attracts mostly a 50 and up crowd. I once asked a friend to meet for lunc there, and he called it "The kind of place my mother would go." He's in his 40s, lol . Calling my opinions "libelous" just show how little you know about, well, anything. Anyway, lighten up, pal.

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