Mezza holds ribbon-cutting at Livingston center

Mezza Mediterranean announced it recently held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its official opening at The Shoppe at the Livingston Circle in Livingston.

This is the first expansion for the restaurant, which also has a location in Westwood.

Mezza will occupy about 3,000 square feet at the 93,000-square-foot shopping center located at 277 Eisenhower Parkway. The center is managed and developed by Eastman Cos.

Jennifer Corrao and John Negri of Weichert Commercial Brokerage represented the tenant and Florian Suserman of Ripco Real Estate represented the landlord.

“Livingston was ideal for us in terms of demographics, and although there is a lot of new business development in the area we didn’t see much in the way of competition,” said Vincent Leone, who, along with Yarden Levinson, is one of the owners of Mezza Mediterranean in Westwood. “We have worked well together as partners over the last five years and know what has and hasn’t worked in the past. We made sure to hit all of the key checkpoints before choosing this location.”

Mezza’s ownership said the center’s proximity to Route 10 and the Eisenhower Parkway made it an ideal choice business-wise.

“This is an up-and-coming area and new businesses like The Container Store, Shake Shack and Starbucks are generating a lot of traffic on Eisenhower Parkway,” Leone said. “We also love the healthy lifestyle vibe that Eastman Companies is creating with tenants like Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Club Pilates and CycleBar. Eastman is an excellent company and their team has been ready to lend a helping hand whenever we’ve needed it.”