Carrino Provisions — the Jersey City Italian restaurant/market from David Massoni, Dale Talde, John Bush, Anthony Carrino, and John Colaneria — is now closed. The restaurant didn't catch on in the way they'd hoped, so the team decided to completely overhaul the space and the menu. Massoni sends word that on Monday, October 12, the storefront adjacent to Talde Jersey City will reopen as Bell + Gray, an American restaurant that sounds a bit like the Talde crew's Park Slope establishment Thistle Hill Tavern.
Dale Talde's menu will have oysters, fried chicken, a kale taco salad, a pub burger, steamed mussels, Dr. Pepper spare ribs, Buffalo-style rapini, and fish & chips. John Bush's drinks list will include classic cocktails and original creations, along with locally-brewed beers. And Carrino and Colaneri are overhauling the space so that it will feature subway tile, exposed brick, and Edison bulbs. The restaurant will have a bar, a patio, a main dining room, and a wine cellar that can be reserved for private parties.
In a previous life, this building was home to the first New York/New Jersey telephone switching station. So the team decided to name the restaurant after telecommunications pioneers Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell.