South Jersey chefs James Liuzza and Joe Muldoon are at it once again with a second location of their chef-driven sector, bringing the similar substantial-quality prepared, takeout things and more to Haddonfield at the previous Ludovico’s Deli.
When Ludovico’s owners Larry and Roxane Maggio reached out to the two cooks to “pass it [the building] off into great hands,” Liuzza mentioned, he and Muldoon resolved to get it about and open up a second Haddon Culinary.
“We hadn’t satisfied them (the Maggios) at that level, but they knew of our retail outlet and they realized it was a fantastic suit, and arrived at out to us,” Liuzza stated. “We resolved that provided the close proximity to our current store, it built a large amount of feeling due to the fact we experienced a good deal of achievement below. So, it really is a actually good match for us.”
The Maggios bid farewell to their beloved gourmand deli and shut its doors in April because of to a labor lack, an undesirable consequence of the pandemic, they stated.
Liuzza and Muldoon worked with each other different instances in excess of a 15-yr period, including at Di Bruno Bros. in Philadelphia. In 2019, they opened Haddon Culinary on Haddon and Washington avenues (previously the previous specialty grocery store McFarlan’s Industry) in Collingswood.
The boutique grocery keep and clean foodstuff current market offers freshly prepared foods, an a la carte menu for cafe dining or takeout. Catering is also offered with a concentration on from-scratch cooking and domestically sourced products.
Liuzza reported the strategy for the new spot is to “pretty significantly go on on with the profitable model that we’ve had in this article.” The Haddonfield locale will be an extension to the first, mirroring menu items and adding a several new kinds.
But not every little thing is the very same. The developing is smaller sized so visitors will not see raw protein as there will be no butcher/seafood counter. It is all about seize-and-go foodstuff, Liuzza explained. And there will be no seating, besides a couple of seats outside the house.
“It’s far more of like a deli product there … it really is just more outfitted for sandwiches, salads, seize and go, has a pleasant espresso bar – so, we’re likely to have a coffee presence there,” Liuzza claimed.
With the PATCO Hello-Speedline close by, the cooks are preparing their menu to be speedy company to get guests in and out for a “convenient location to seize a thing right before you get on a coach or on your way dwelling,” Liuzza illustrates.
Friends can uncover sandwiches, a la carte salads, selfmade soups and some of their greatest sellers this sort of as chicken pot pie and its versions like seafood pot pie, Shepherd’s pie. Also glance for vegetarian alternatives.
The pandemic has been tricky for the cafe field, but that didn’t quit the two chefs from getting achievement at Haddon Culinary – some thing they strategy to go on at the 2nd site.
“One of the good reasons why we were effective in this article is, we did not enable anything get in our way,” Liuzza stated. “Concerning the pandemic, we just created absolutely sure that we pivoted when we necessary to pivot, did what we had to do to retain the doorways open up, and that is why we are below. That is why we are capable to open up a next area for the reason that of our get the job done ethic and drive.”
The aim is to open up the Haddonfield location this November.
The cooks are big on business enterprise partnerships within the neighborhood, no matter whether that means helping other small companies gain visibility through their store or collaborating with neighbors, Liuzza shared.
For instance, they collaborated with WILD & Co. in Collingswood on the “juice til’ supper application,” which delivers health and fitness-aware friends a assortment of exclusive menu products for dinner at Haddon Culinary to stop their tailor made juice cleanse. (All items are marked with a co-branded logo.)
On Sept. 23, Liuzza and Muldoon will host their to start with product or service-targeted dinner referred to as Espresso and Cuisine: A Collingswood Collaboration in partnership with Revolution Coffee Roasters to benefit ALS (also recognized as Lou Gehrig’s sickness, a progressive nervous process disorder.)
The meal is a multi-class meal that makes use of Revolution’s small-batch coffees in many strategies and functions wine pairings from Auburn Street Vineyard. All proceeds will profit The ALS Affiliation GPC and Chef Person Dunagan’s group “Kickin’ Up a Overcome — Bam!” and their Walk to Defeat ALS.
As you hold out for the new spot to open up its doorways, expertise the chefs’ supper with tickets on the internet or test out the Collingswood location at 741 Haddon Ave. Call 856-559-0440 or visit haddonculinary.com.
Hira Qureshi handles food stuff and drink for the Courier Submit, Burlington County Situations, Day-to-day Journal, Bucks County Moments andIntelligencer. She can be achieved at [email protected] or 856-287-8106. Assist assistance regional journalism with a digital membership.