Local Police Officer Opens Hudson Coffee Company in Hoboken

Police officer Justin DePascale didn’t like coffee and never drank it until being assigned to the Anti/Vice Squad narcotics unit working mostly evenings. Staying alert made drinking coffee a necessity, but over time, DePascale learned to appreciate the hot beverage. Now he can’t imagine life without delicious, high-quality coffee, and is bringing it to Hoboken at his new coffee bar, Hudson Coffee Company

“It’s surprising that I went from disliking coffee to having a real passion for it now,” said DePascale.  “I tasted some really bad brews during my years on the police force, so when I discovered truly good coffee, everything changed. I began to seek out specialty coffees and wanted to try different beans from around the world. I wanted to learn and understand more and became somewhat of a coffee connoisseur.” 

DePascale has progressed from coffee lover and connoisseur to businessman. He recently opened Hudson Coffee Company at 1100 Maxwell Lane on the site of the former Hoboken Maxwell House coffee plant, the largest coffee processing plant in the world through the early 1990s.

Hudson Coffee is committed to preserving the rich history of the landmark “mile-square.”  The industrial chic interior is a combination of its industrial past and the modern-day evolution of Maxwell Place. Nostalgic images of the old Maxwell House plant, Hudson waterfront shipyards, and more recent moments in Hoboken history adorn the walls. Some of the mounted artwork are photographs taken by DePascale, a Hoboken native whose family has deep roots in the community.

While Hudson Coffee pays homage to Maxwell House, DePascale emphasizes that the coffee is very different from the mass-produced big brand. Hudson Coffee is premium, artisanal-style coffee made from the highest-quality beans from all over the world. Hudson Coffee will also serve a selection of pastries, croissants, cookies, muffins and scones.  

“We’re committed to serving first-class coffee in a friendly, comfortable environment,” said DePascale. “We’re a local establishment that also wants to be a neighborhood gathering place.” To that end, Hudson Coffee will host entertainment, open mic nights, and other events for the public.  

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Morris Animal Inn Introduces Canine Blow Out Bar

While blow out hair salons may be popular for people, pooches can now enjoy the same pampering at Morris Animal Inn with the luxury pet resort’s new canine blow out bar!

Service includes a brush, blow out, and scented spritz so dogs go home smelling fresh and free of tangles. “When dogs don’t need a complete bath or grooming, a blow out is a convenient alternative,” said Joanne Morris, vice president of Morris Animal Inn. “Blow outs are quickly becoming popular options for our day care clients, especially following fun activities in daycare or swims in our indoor pool.”

Morris Animal Inn’s full-service, state-of-the-art grooming salon and spa is staffed by trained and skilled pet grooming professionals who help dogs look and feel their best while taking special care to put them at ease during all pet spa services. Services are customized to the needs of canines and can include: 

  • Bath, brush out, ear cleaning and nail trim package
  • Haircut package, which includes bathing, blow dry, brush out, ear cleaning and nail trim
  • Healthy Skin and Coat Treatment
  • Scented Shampoos and Spritzers
  • Shed-Less Treatment
  • Nail Trims
  • Blueberry Facial
  • Paw Massage

Morris Animal Inn also offers a complimentary Puppy Primping spa experience for puppies four months of age and younger. Designed to acclimate young dogs to professional grooming, the package includes:

  • Bath
  • Paw Massage
  • Nail Trimming
  • Brushing
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Bandanna or Bows

Located on a quiet country lane with over 12 acres, Morris Animal Inn is designed with state-of-art engineering to provide for both the comfort and safety of their pet guests. The facility is climate-controlled with purified air, smoke and sprinkler systems, back-up generators, 24-hour surveillance cameras and the capability for daily floor-to-ceiling sanitizing for the cleanest environment. Perimeter fencing encloses the facility.  

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Braun’s Tavern & Dining Room Now Open in Bloomfield

Chef/Owner Michael Fiorianti is pleased to announce the launch of his new endeavor, Braun’s Tavern & Dining Room in Bloomfield Center, a modern-day, chef driven, casual neighborhood spot where families, friends, co-workers and groups can gather to enjoy a great meal and beverages.

Continuing his novel approach to cuisine, his accessible, creative dishes use locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients. Braun’s will be open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays) offering lunch, dinner, brunch, and happy hour in its dining room and full menu and exclusive bar menu at the 40-foot-long full-service bar.

With 25 years of culinary experience, Chef Fiorianti has enjoyed favorable reviews from food critics, being featured in The New York Times and Montclair Magazine. He was previously the Executive Chef for Satis Bistro in Jersey City, and the sole proprietor of its sister restaurant, Satis Bloomfield at the same location. Intrigued by the location’s history dating back as far as the late 1800’s through the prohibition era and into the 1940’s, Chef decided to reinvent the space. He explains, “The opportunity to be a part of Bloomfield’s evolution of history is a great honor. We hope you will join us at the new Braun’s Tavern and Dining Room, a place for everyone.”

Braun’s will offer the same high level of culinary and service excellence and continue to source its fresh products as close to home as possible. The menu will consist of unique and familiar dishes, prepared thoughtfully and with a focus on fun. The emphasis is on house-made at Braun’s where cheese and pastas are handcrafted, meats are masterfully prepared, and accompaniments are flavorful and freshly made. Guest are welcome to order food for pick-up and shortly after opening for delivery via UBER Eats.

The beverage program features signature cocktails, a well-rounded wine list, up to 30 different craft beers on draught and by bottle. Braun’s will also feature local spirts from Silk City Distillers and an impressive selection of 36 American bourbons and whiskeys with regular featured specials.

Located in the heart of Bloomfield Center’s bustling business district just off Bloomfield Avenue, Braun’s is conveniently steps away from NJ Transit’s Bloomfield train stop.

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