New businesses are popping up all around downtown Westfield this spring.
Carnivores can make tracks to the Westfield train station as Burger Palace plans its grand opening on Monday, April 16. Located at 251 North Ave. the space was formerly home to 25 Burgers.
Burger Palace will offer a choice of a full or continental breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Lunch and dinner, featuring take-out grab-and-go options, will also be available.
In addition to its fresh western beef offerings, which will include the California burger and a bacon cheeseburger, Burger Palace will serve up cheese steaks as well as grilled subs. Milkshakes and chili fries are also on the menu.
Chipotle Mexican Grill will open its doors on Wednesday, April 25 at 117 E. Broad St. in a section of the newly-renovated Leader Store Building. The eatery is in the process of hiring. Applications can be picked up outside the building.
Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, said the eatery has "done a nice job" with the space and is "working fast and furiously" in anticipation of this month's opening.
Quimby Street will soon be the home of Red Mango. The yogurt and smoothie business will set up shop at 107 Quimby St. in the space previously occupied by Rita's. The national chain features all-natural non- or low-fat, gluten-free frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies.
Cronin said Red Mango most likely will not open in April but should be ready later this season.
Preparing to open in May is San Marzano Pasta Bar, which will take the former home of Mario's Italian Deli at the corner of South and Summit Avenues.
Cronin said the restaurant will have "an authentic Italian chef" who will prepare menu items with fresh ingredients daily. The eatery will specialize in salads, a variety of panninis, sandwiches, pizzas, and pasta, including organic, gluten free and whole grain varieties. A barista will be on hand to whip up Lavaza cappuccino and lattes.
Loyal customers of Mario's, including Justin Schwartz, were sorry to see the deli close.
"I'm going to miss Mario's sandwiches," Schwartz said.
Mario's owners had been interested in selling the business for nearly a year and left to pursue other career opportunities, said Cronin, who added that the pasta bar will be a "nice change for that corner" which had been Duke's Deli for 40 years before it became Mario's.
Cronin also mentioned three other locations in town were recently rented but said it is too early to release any further details.
Check back with Patch for upcoming features as each establishment celebrates its grand opening.