Cornbread, a new restaurant first slated to open last fall at the former B. Hathaway’s spot at 1565 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood, is now on track to open in May, according to a post on the Springfield Avenue Partnership Facebook page.
The update came after Village Green snapped and posted a photo of the Cornbread premises in the midst a major overhaul (see photo below). The building looks like it has been mostly gutted and is receiving an extreme makeover.
As reported previously, Cornbread owner and operator Adenah Bayoh plans to fuse early American soul food cuisine with West African and Caribbean flavor influences using farm-to-table ingredients at the restaurant — her first in Maplewood.
“The restaurant will pay homage to my cross-cultural heritage,” said Bayoh in an email to Village Green last spring. “I wanted to establish a place where people who love authentic comfort food can come and know that their meals are made with the highest level of integrity and sustainability. We will source our meat, fish, and produce from small-production, family owned farms including those that participate in Maplewood’s Farmers Market. We want to cultivate a true ‘farm to soul’ experience for the Maplewood community.”
Bayoh has taken notice of the resurgence of the eastern end of Springfield Avenue — which includes the 235-unit Avalon Bay housing development, a Wawa convenience store and filling station, the new Maplewood Diner and the Daibes building at 1609 Springfield Avenue which welcomed its first residential tenant last week — and she wanted to be a part of it.
“I was already acquainted with Maplewood as a developer and I have relatives that reside there, so I’m very familiar with the area and I’m a big fan of their unique and progressive culture,” she said. “It’s a vibrant and diverse place that really reflects the values that we’re working hard to establish at Cornbread.”
Bayoh believes the location is an ideal spot for a restaurant that will have a strong connection to the local community.
Bayoh is the founder and CEO of Adenah Bayoh and Companies and has developed and owns IHOP franchises in Paterson and Irvington, New Jersey. Her company has a portfolio of over $225 million dollars in urban redevelopment projects.
Read more about Bayoh here.