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Pompton Lakes’ Cardinal Café Spared By New Redevelopment Plans

Gladys Ibarra and her husband own the Cardinal Cafe in Pompton Lakes.
Gladys Ibarra and her husband own the Cardinal Cafe in Pompton Lakes. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
The Cardinal Cafe has been a mainstay in downtown Pompton Lakes for decades.
The Cardinal Cafe has been a mainstay in downtown Pompton Lakes for decades. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. – The realty company striving to build luxury apartments on Wanaque Avenue in Pompton Lakes has revised its plans, sparing a popular restaurant that would have had to relocate under earlier plans, NorthJersey.com reports .

The Cardinal Café had faced a costly relocation that it may not have survived, the story says. The new plans utilize the air rights above the building, and cut the apartment units down from 82 to 44, the story says.

The Cardinal Café, a borough hallmark for decades, serves breakfast and lunch, and does takeout. It's open daily and enjoys a hefty following from Pompton Lakes High School whose students can go off campus for lunch.

RELATED: TEENS FLOCK TO CARDINAL CAFÉ IN POMPTON LAKES

Gladys Ibarra and her husband, Manny, bought the restaurant about 18 years ago. They have hired some of their young patrons, and some from the earlier years have returned to The Cardinal Cafe with their own kids, Ibarra previously told Daily Voice.

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