Brunch Concept Clears Collingswood Planning Board, Owners Can’t Come to Terms on Lease


Owners of The Fat Tomato Italian Bistro in West Berlin had planned to open Cafe Rose’, a brunch concept, in the former Fusion Bay storefront. They’ll continue to look for other opportunities in the area.

By Matt Skoufalos | September 24, 2019

Cafe Rose’ Logo. Credit: Cafe Rose’.

Despite having secured conditional approvals for their Collingswood brunch restaurant, the family behind a West Berlin Italian eatery says they won’t pursue plans for a second location there.

Eric Adili of The Fat Tomato Bistro had hoped to open Cafe Rose’, a brunch-themed restaurant, in the former Fusion Bay storefront at 655 Haddon Avenue sometime this winter.

That will no longer be happening, he said Tuesday.

Cafe Rose’ cleared the borough planning board Monday evening, but then ownership couldn’t come to terms on a lease agreement for the building.

“The timing wasn’t right; the deal wasn’t right,” Adili said. “As for right now, it’s not happening.”

He’ll keep looking for another restaurant location in the area, but doesn’t think it will be brunch-focused.

“We are actively looking to move down that way, but that concept was made up for that specific spot,” he said.

Adili also said the family will continue to operate The Fat Tomato in either case.

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