A new cafe will open in South Orange later this year. Mara's Cafe and Bakery will be located in The Gateway, a new residential and commercial development being built at 9 South Orange Avenue next to the South Orange Train Station. Mara's has locations in Brooklyn, Fanwood, and Denville. The South Orange franchise will be owned by area residents Will and Alyse Eisenstein.
According to Ian Magley, president and CEO of Mara's Franchise Systems, items slated to be served include cheesecakes, pies, sandwiches, paninis, coffee, and gelato. Magley said that the new location will have outdoor seating.
"We want to be a place where families, students, and people of all ages can hang out", said Alyse Eisenstein. "We want people to feel comfortable and at home".
Mara's is expected to open in November or December. The Gateway will open to residential tenants in September.
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