Tuesday, September 19, 2017

'Under the Bun' Restaurant Opening in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.: A corner storefront near a local university will soon be home to another restaurant.

Under the Bun Burgers & BBQ is coming to the space at 325 Irvington Avenue, at the corner of Ward Place. Located just a few blocks away from Seton Hall University, this corridor has been branded as 'Seton Village' in recent years in an effort to attract more businesses, shoppers, and diners.

This business will be owned by Maplewood resident Trevon Woolford, who told Essex County Place that he is planning to open the restaurant in November. According to Woolford, in addition to hamburgers, menu items will include chicken, brisket, and pulled pork, with a focus on clean and natural meat without hormones and antibiotics.

"I noticed that not many places served natural meat and I wanted to fill that void and show people that you can eat natural and not have to pay these outrageous prices," said Woolford, explaining that he "just can't wait to open."

The space has had a variety of uses over the years. Most recently, it was briefly occupied by the University Sub Shop's second space and the High CheeZe. Previously, the Blue Plate Special, DinnerSmith, and the Corner Shop Deli operated inside. 

The opening of Under the Bun comes as other burger joints enter or expand in the Essex County market, including BGR in Downtown South Orange and Bloomfield, Burg in Newark's Military Park, Smashburger in West Caldwell, and Elevation Burger on Newark's Halsey Street.

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