Green Fusion Opens in Ridgewood

A new vegetarian restaurant with vegan and gluten-free options has opened on Oak Street in Ridgewood. Owner Kaarthy Madhan, a resident of Wyckoff, currently owns Walnut Grille, another vegetarian and vegan restaurant, in Newton Highlands outside of Boston. Green Fusion is a fine-dine BYOB experience with linen and wait service. From the Crunchy Asian Salad and the Manhattan Masala Tofu (grilled, marinated tofu over a creamy tomato sauce with pita) to a Tempeh Reuben (organic tempeh with sauerkraut with caramelized onions, tomatoes, Swiss cheese and chipotle mayo on rye) the menu also features burgers, pasta, soups, salads and more with a twist inspired by Indian cuisine. Green Fusion is located in the space previously occupied by the Indian restaurant Kailash. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

American Bulldog Comes to Ramsey

Downtown Ridgewood’s American Bulldog Coffee Roasters is opening a new location in Ramsey. Maleigha Liburdi and Gadi Gilan, owners of the locally operated gourmet café, currently operate another American Bulldog in Chestnut Ridge, New York. The cozy, vintage-inspired environment is complemented by freshly roasted, ethically sourced 100% Arabica coffee beans; their organic line of vegan plant-based ice cream; and delicious pastries baked in-house. Grab a latte to go, or stay to enjoy a great cup of coffee in a local downtown atmosphere.

Van Allen House to Undergo Renovations

The historic Hendrick Van Allen House in Oakland has received a grant of $255,000 for exterior renovations from the Bergen County Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. The renovation will be followed by interior repairs later this year or early next year. The building welcomed George Washington in July 1777 as he moved his troops from Morristown to West Point, New York. Built in 1748, the Van Allen House is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. The Oakland Historical Society was established in 1966 to preserve the Van Allen House, which now houses a museum showing living displays and memories of the town’s past. Check their schedule for Open House Sundays where they offer opportunities to visit and learn about local life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries on a local farm settlement.

2019 Ramapo Rally at Campgaw Mountain

The annual Ramapo Rally, organized and run by volunteers from the Bicycle Touring Club of New Jersey, will start at the Campgaw Mountain Ski Area on Aug. 18. There are six bike routes ranging in difficulty. The purple route features quiet streets and is perfect for families, while the challenging, 125-mile-long yellow route is for experienced cyclists. Cyclists of all ages and skill levels can enjoy rides through northern New Jersey’s most beautiful towns, farms and lake communities. Minors ride for free, while adults can register online.