The Gazelle Cafe & Grille in Ridgewood has been on the market for several months -- and another real estate listing for it crossed my desk today, but co-owner Ron Norrell said the restaurant isn't actually trying to get out of town.
"We're just testing the waters," he said. "There has been some interest and we've been approached to get into something bigger locally, so we figured OK, let's see what's going on."
Gazelle has a good reputation in town, but like most restaurants, it's small, making parties a near impossibility.
And Gazelle is hardly alone. Silver Oak American Bistro, just around the corner, has been for sale for months, in the hopes that somebody will offer enough to make it worth moving to a larger space with a liquor license. On the other side of the tracks, La Cambusa also is for sale, though that, too, seems to be more of dangling toes in the water as opposed to an outright desire to sell.
Ironically, a good New York Times review from a year ago ends with "it looks like they'll stay a long time."