A celebrity chef will open his popular soul food restaurant in New Jersey

Melba Restauranta popular soul food restaurant based in Harlem, is coming to New Jersey.

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Melba Wilson announced this week that it is opening a plaza in downtown Newark.

The restaurant, called Melba’s 550, will be located in the building at 550 Broad Street. It will occupy the space of a former First National State Bank and have its own entrance from Broad St.

Melba’s 550 is set to open in late 2022, although an exact opening date has yet to be announced.

Wilson’s restaurant in Harlem is often frequented by celebrities. The chef has been featured on several TV shows, including Food Network’s “Game with Bobby Flay,” CNBC “Consumes” and ABC “View” and “LIVE with Kelly and Ryan”where she appears regularly and was recently a guest.

For his new restaurant in Newark, Wilson has signed a partnership with Fidelco Realty Group, owner of the 550 Broad St. building, as well as several other commercial and residential buildings in Newark.

“It’s a very exciting time for us,” Wilson said. “A Jewish man from Newark and a black woman from Harlem show that we all have a lot in common through our love of food, family and community. The new restaurant will be in Newark, from Newark and for Newark.

Melba’s 550 will offer seating in the building’s original vault. It will also include a separate cafe with a take-out window on Broad St.

“The addition of Melba’s to the list of tenants at 550 Broad speaks volumes about the importance of this building to the Harriet Tubman Square neighborhood.” Marc E. Berson, president of Fidelco Realty Group, said.

“We are in the process of renovating the lobby of this historic building and constructing a new main entrance from Broad St. that will align with the rear of the building to create a public walkway for the neighborhood”

Melba’s restaurant in Harlem is beloved for its soulful cuisine, including fried chicken and waffles, wings, catfish, mac and cheese, shrimp, and a variety of “comforters.” (Photo courtesy of Melba Restaurant)

Menu details for the new restaurant have yet to be announced.

Melba’s Restaurant in Harlem, which opened in 2005is loved for its soulful food, including fried chicken and waffles, wings, catfish, mac and cheese, shrimp, and a variety of “comfort foods.”


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