We missed the wholesale grabbing of sofas, love seats and other eclectic furniture, when Cafe Eclectic threw its doors open Thursday for a free rummage sale. But on Friday, we just happened to be looking when landlord Dominick Restaino of Cuban Pete’s came to collect his last rent check and shake hands with Julio Valentin, Cafe Eclectic’s owner, who has now officially closed the longtime coffee house and Montclair favorite. The plans to shut down, due to disputes with Restaino, were made known this summer.
Valentin now moves on to his third career — his first, before Eclectic, was as a narcotics police officer in Newark — as a partner in Greenleaf Compassion, the medical marijuana franchise, which has been approved by the state and zoning authorities in Montclair to move into the space occupied by Inner Eye at 395 Bloomfield Ave.
Valentin told us the final hurdle in actually opening Greenleaf is the state background check. He and partner Joseph Stevens submit their applications Monday, and the state has 60 days to approve or deny.
Greenleaf Compassion plans to carry three strains of marijuana — weak, medium and strong — but none can exceed 10 percent THC by law. They will also carry lozenges and topical oils, but edible products have not been approved. There will also be no consumption on the premises.
As for longterm Cafe Eclectic barista Anthony Brinton, he’s walking away from the cafe with the espresso machine. But what he’s going to do with it is still a secret.
According to the Montclair Times, the Little Falls coffee shop A Fine Grind is negotiating a lease with Restaino.