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Re: Hard Grove Cafe
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Looks like the building on Newark ave is finally getting worked on again. They extended the wooden exterior out to the side walk and took out the old cracked Windows above the ground floor.

The hard grove cafe signed it up anymore though. Any idea what's happening there?


The building is being demolished, that's what's happening there.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... in_2014_at_center_of.html



Going all the way back to the fire, this whole thing is so shady.

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Looks like the building on Newark ave is finally getting worked on again. They extended the wooden exterior out to the side walk and took out the old cracked Windows above the ground floor.

The hard grove cafe signed it up anymore though. Any idea what's happening there?


The building is being demolished, that's what's happening there.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... in_2014_at_center_of.html

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Looks like the building on Newark ave is finally getting worked on again. They extended the wooden exterior out to the side walk and took out the old cracked Windows above the ground floor.

The hard grove cafe signed it up anymore though. Any idea what's happening there?

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Heard or read a rumor that the owners of Hard Grove were taking the space of the ground floor at 328 Montgomery Street

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Back when the Newark Ave. building was initially structurally compromised they had plans for a "Plan B" location. It was a bit west, I forget if it was on Newark or Montgomery..... But that was close to 2 years ago. I can't imagine that they wouldn't have done something by now if those plans were really going to materialize.

Maybe someone from Hard Grove will reply to this thread...but otherwise I would not hold my breath that they'll ever reopen.

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I miss their mojitos and their vibe.

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I don't have any inside info, but somebody on here said it wasn't likely to open, and instead, the Hard Grove owners were opening a new spot on Montgomery Street.

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Hi - does anyone know when the Hard Grove Cafe will open? It has been under construction for quite a while..

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Wow a PNC bank on the corner of Grove and Columbus would be a tragic use of that space. I really hope that's not true.

Is Hard Grove going to be using a Columbus facing storefront or is that "Coming Soon" sign just on Columbus for advertising and it will actually open on Newark? Would love to see places opening to face CC.

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yuck. i prefer the pnc bank exactly where it is. out of sight. why does pnc need a high profile location when it has such a small footprint in the area.

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I heard Hard Grove and the adjacent florist were going to be a PNC Bank. Very bland uninspired if you ask me but I guess they can pay the rent.

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I see the hard grove sign up on columbus, is it going to occupy the entire space...it's enormous!

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I think Porta Pizza is going in at 135 Newark, the location next to Two Boots.

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1. I thought 143 Newark Ave is where Porta Pizza is going?

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Couple of points...

1. I thought 143 Newark Ave is where Porta Pizza is going?

2. I wonder why they would move?

3. I hope the new tenant at the current Hard Grove location does something to enhance the building. Probably one of the drabbest buildings downtown, and one of the first things people see when exiting Path at Grove St.

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Maybe a Whole Foods?


Ha! Just kidding, just kidding...

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Or, more importantly, any word on what is moving into their current spot at 319 Grove Street?

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I spotted a banner mentioning that 143 Newark Avenue will be the new home of Hard Grove Cafe.

Any word as to when they are changing locations?

Or, more importantly, any word on what is moving into their current spot at 319 Grove Street?

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I rarely make it downtown these days, I was downtown two days ago and this place looked closed... Are they finally done insulting taste pallets?


nope still open and still serving up kick ass drinks. They are closed on Mondays in the late Fall/Winter.

Thanks!

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I rarely make it downtown these days, I was downtown two days ago and this place looked closed... Are they finally done insulting taste pallets?


nope still open and still serving up kick ass drinks. They are closed on Mondays in the late Fall/Winter.

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I rarely make it downtown these days, I was downtown two days ago and this place looked closed... Are they finally done insulting taste pallets?

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The service at Hard Grove Cafe has definitely declined the past few years. I recently went there on a weekday evening and waited and waited to be served and wound up leaving. I can't imagine what the service is like during weekends. The food use to be awesome too. I will wait another day to try again.

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I recently had brunch at the Hard Grove with 7 friends. It was an unintentional three-hour brunch! We sort of didn't mind because we like each other, but it was also kind of ridiculous. The food is not bad, but it's also not amazing. And definitely not worth the long, long wait.

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Hubby and I stopped by a couple weeks ago on a nice, sunny day and asked if we can sit outside. They told us, sure. We proceeded to sit and wait outside for service for at least half an hour. No one came out to greet us with water or menus. We finally decided to just get up and leave. The staff was definitely indifferent. Perhaps they thought we were asking them if we can just sit down to rest? It was definitely a baffling experience.

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Hard Grove has the worst service I've ever experienced at a restaurant. Went once and will never go back.

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The food at Hard Grove is decent enough but am I the only one who thinks this place is overpriced? It's certainly no better than any number of Cuban places in Manhattan that are priced about 20-25% less and it's fairly shabby decor-wise. I wouldn't have a problem with the prices if they spruced the place up a bit but right now they have upscale prices for a casual restaurant. It's one of the first places people see when exiting the PATH so it would be nice if they at least got the awnings that came down during Sandy replaced.

Oh, and they do a terrible job keeping their dumpster area clean. There's usually some sort of rancid liquid spilling out onto the sidewalk.

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I agree that service is slow and that they should hire more people when i've gone, but i must admit that service can be slow at other JC/NYC restaurants during peak times. I'm ok as long as the food is decent, and i've always been happy with the food at hard grove

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VA, I have also wondered how the Hard Grove stays in business. The service is so consistantly awful that it is almost unbelievable. I have been there about 4-5x as well, but stopped going about 2 years ago.

I think the location is really good, and that's why they always seem to get a good crowd. I wish they would fix their awning and spruce up the exterior of the building a little. The exterior looks pretty dumpy.

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Other people are obviously happy with it, that is why it's still in business The Location and outdoor seating are a huge plus.

I find the people that work there very nice & Drinks are great.

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I have been to this place approximately 4 times. Every time the service has been really bad, like top 10 worst I've ever experienced bad. It's probably the consistently worst service I can think of - always taking 40+ minutes for food to come out, disinterested wait staff - once we were served food but no utensils to eat with and it took us 10 minutes to flag down a staff member to get some, etc. But the food is tasty and there is always a crowd in the outdoor seating, so about once a year I get lured into going.

This morning, it took 15 minutes for them to bring coffee and iced tea, 30 minutes for guacamole, and nearly an hour for our brunch - a sandwich and 2 omelets. We had actually gotten fed up and asked two different staff to cancel our orders and give us the check when the food magically appeared. Two of the waitstaff blamed the slow service on a large party of ~15 seated near us, but the rest of the restaurant was half empty, so it shouldn't have crippled their ability to serve in a timely manner.

It has 2 1/2 stars on yelp, but a lot of the listed reviews are positive? http://www.yelp.com/biz/hard-grove-cafe-jersey-city

The google reviews give it the equivalent of 2 stars (14 points out of 30): https://plus.google.com/102374188004677827742/about?hl=eng

So why do people keep going back? There is La Conguita and now Orale nearby with similar cuisine and better service.

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What happened to Hard Grove? I use to love it there-the food quality is awful-the service is inconsistent-and it's way too expensive for inadequate food. I've given them so many chances but are done with them. It was so much better when it was a true Cuban restaurant-instead they added all this garbage (and that awful vegetarian fake meat) and I'm a vegetarian--La Conquita is the BEST!

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Looks as though they're redoing the exterior of the building. I hope it's nicer than the old one.

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