Mara’s Café and Bakery Coming to Fanwood Crossing

Fanwoodians will soon welcome Mara’s Café and Bakery in the vacant retail space below Fanwood crossing.

Marci and Mark Semel of Fanwood will be opening Mara’s Café and Bakery — the first business in the vacant retail space on the street level of Fanwood Crossing.

Semel said they are very excited to be opening the space and expect it to be open sometime in March. 

“We are very excited about the location, the town and the franchisees,” said Ian Magley, President and CEO of Mara’s.

Currently a Mara’s Bakery exists in Morristown and a Mara’s Café is located in Denville.

This is the first venture of its kind for Mark and Marci, Mark works on Wall Street and Marci has been in the hospitality business for 26 years.

“There’s a lot of firsts with this,” Marci Semel said. “There are a lot of learning curves.”

For Mara’s, this is the first location they will be franchising out and for the Borough of Fanwood it is the first business opening up in the Fanwood crossing.

Semel said everyone is working hard to bring it together.

Mara’s Café and Bakery will entirely face the train station and make use of the concrete patio at the crossing. 

Semel said if possible they will use the patio all year long, but it will definitely be open for use in the summer months.

Mara’s sells fresh coffee by the pound and imports many of their ingredients from Italy.

Semel added that they will also be looking to bring in products from other local businesses.

Some of the specialties that will be featured at Mara’s include, cheesecakes, pies, peanut butter cake, cupcakes, seasonal specialties such as eggnog and much more.

For breakfast, the Café and Bakery will feature items such as bagels and croissants. 

According to Semel, Mara’s Café and Bakery will play music, but not have any televisions so that families can visit to sit and actually talk.

Mara’s will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For more on what Mara's has to offer, visit their website.

Check back with scotchplains.patch.com for information on when Mara’s Café and Bakery officially starts construction at Fanwood Crossing.

The business is using all local general contractors and Semel added that she and her husband are trying to keep it as local as possible.

Once things are moving with construction, Semel plans to set up fun events at the Café and Bakery and hopes to partner with a lot of people in town.

FW Resident February 07, 2013 at 03:36 PM
We cannot wait for Mara's to open. My family will definetly support Mara's!!! This place needs it!!! Fanwood bagels really needs to fix up thatstore. Leaks everywhere and its so dirty. And not to mention Double Dipper..just plaine old rude!!! Thank goodness for Red Mango!
Ron V April 03, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Why would anyone want D&D when there's one on every corner? At least this will hopefully have real coffee
Eric Coffey April 25, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I've never seen a place like mara's. this is exactly what Fanwood needs. Something that will give back to the community and create foot traffic for downtown and the other businesses. They have absolutely everything to offer. From sugar free options of pie to vegetarian sliders. Sorry "tired" you lost this one
geoeag April 25, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Bad service no parking and overpriced. They won't last long.
geoeag April 25, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Very poor service, overpriced and no parking = won't be around long. Tried it 3 times and was hoping for better.everyone was complaining orders not received wrong food being served. I watched it happen and it wasn't pretty. Good luck that rent can't be cheap.


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