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Edwin Lopez wants you to experience a night out on the town that takes you around the world, from right here in downtown Trenton. His new restaurant, The Station Bar and Bistro, opening this year, will feature diverse cuisines, seasonal menus, live music and entertainment, and special events.
“I want to make dining out an experience. It should be memorable and exciting,” Edwin explains. He believes that going out to eat is not exclusively about the food but also the ambience, the service and all the extras.
At The Station, those extras might be a wine and cheese pairing, a ladies’ night, a strolling violinist, a magician, a comedy night, and the list goes on to include something for everyone. And every taste as well.
The menu at The Station will change with the seasons and represent what Edwin calls “a taste of everywhere.” Once a finalist on the hit TV cooking competition show “MasterChef,” Edwin knows his way around the cuisines of the world. He recalls growing up in a household with an Italian father, a Puerto Rican mother and a fabulous dinner on the table nearly every night.
“My mother is a very good cook, very skilled,” he says. “I would help her chop things in the kitchen. I fell in love with food at a young age. It brings people together.”
His career began by accident, when he was around 15 or 16 years old and out for a ride in Bayonne, N.J. He had stopped in a restaurant he knew, and the owner expressed her frustration with the chef. “She asked if there was anything I could do, and I thought to myself, ‘Why not?’ And the journey began.”
That journey took him from his mother’s kitchen to those all around the area, where he honed his skills and expanded his palate. You can expect dishes from Japan, India, Italy, Mexico and everywhere in between to be on the menu at The Station. What’s most important to Edwin is that the end result is as authentic as it is fresh and delicious.
“We make our dishes from scratch,” he says. “And we make them to wake up people’s palates (to all the great food of the world). And you don’t even have to leave Trenton.”
The Station Bar and Bistro will have an ’80s warm, cozy environment with decor featuring a lot of wood and metal, a nod to Trenton’s industrial heritage. “Trenton was always known as the place to go for food, and I want people to know that it still is today.”