Washington Square Town Center in Washington Township — Courtesy: Atkins Cos.
By Steve Lubetkin
A café and an Italian restaurant have committed to new locations in Gloucester County, the latest additions to a sprawling mixed-use development by Atkins Cos. and Woodmont Properties.
The developers on Tuesday announced that Jenaro’s, a homestyle Italian restaurant, and Bison Coffee Company, a Midwest-based café, have leased space at the Washington Square Town Center at 253 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road in Washington Township. The restaurants are planning to open in spring 2020 and will lease 4,600 and 1,800 square feet, respectively.
“When it comes to either picking a place to meet up with friends or grab a quick meal after a long day, today’s consumers expect more than just the same old restaurant experience,” said Robert Atkins, managing partner of Atkins Cos. “When we began this project, we knew that attracting unique retail tenants would be vital in creating the dynamic community that we wanted to build in Washington Township.
“Jenaro’s and Bison Coffee Company certainly fit the bill and we look forward to welcoming them to Washington Square Town Center as we continue to realize our vision for this project.”
Covering 35 acres, Washington Square Town Center is anchored by the Rothman Medical Building, a new 40,000-square-foot medical complex. The property also features 330 apartments, 100 townhomes, 30,000 square feet of retail space and an assisted living facility.
Created by Angelo Lutz, the chef behind the Kitchen Consigliere brand, Jenaro’s will feature homestyle Italian lunch, dinner and brunch with seating for 145 to 165 guests. Guests will be able to enjoy homemade pasta, Italian specialties and wood-fired pizza in a setting inspired by Lutz’s paternal grandfather, while the eatery will also feature private dining rooms, a demonstration cooking and dining area and seasonal outdoor seating.
Bison Coffee, a family-owned and -operated business, will be a 70-seat indoor and outdoor café. The business will feature a rotating selection of specialty coffees roasted by Elixr Coffee, which is located nearby in Philadelphia.
Jenaro’s and Bison Coffee will join tenants that include PetCheck, an animal urgent care facility; Vivian’s Nails N’ Spa; and Strive Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, a South Jersey-based physical therapy company.
“Washington Township is excited to welcome two new restaurants to the Washington Square Town Center in spring of 2020,” Washington Township Mayor Joann Gattinelli said. “Jenaro’s and Bison Coffee Co. will make a positive impact in our community. We wish them many years of success.”