With the opening of Tablespoon Cafe, Cranford has once again expanded its culinary offerings. The restaurant’s owner, Walaa Elsawi, is an experienced restaurateur who was previously a part owner of Le Rendez-vous in Kenilworth, as well as the owner of restaurants in Red Bank and Point Pleasant Beach. Walaa had been looking for the perfect place to open his newest venture, and saw Cranford as a town with a burgeoning dining scene, as well as a great location.
The restaurant will start off serving dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Eventually Walaa would like to expand to serve brunch. Tablespoon is a BYOB restaurant, so customers can feel free to bring their own bottles of wine or beer to enjoy with their meal. The restaurant takes reservations so people can plan ahead for their night out. Walaa has high standards when it comes to the enjoyment of his customers. To that end, he plans to be cooking in the back every night, ensuring that he’s putting out the best food and experience possible. The passion that Walaa has for cooking is evident in even the briefest conversation with him. We wish him well, and we’re so happy to welcome another restaurant to Downtown Cranford.