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New Invitation-only restaurant "Classified" at EWR. Reopened 13 September 2022

Old Aug 24, 2022, 6:00 pm
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Gosh it's been closed a long time... Does anyone have any intel on if/when it will reopen?

I visited twice and liked it a lot both times. Not perfect, and overpriced (though the United Card discount helped) but very much an oasis of calm.
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Old Aug 24, 2022, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by as219
Gosh it's been closed a long time... Does anyone have any intel on if/when it will reopen?

I visited twice and liked it a lot both times. Not perfect, and overpriced (though the United Card discount helped) but very much an oasis of calm.
Would also be curious if a reopening is in the plans. Was a nice getaway even if just for a glass of wine and some fries.
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Old Aug 24, 2022, 8:31 pm
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For what its worth, if you click reserve it allows you to select a date/time. Not sure what happens if you do, but conceivable they didn’t remove the language from the main page.
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Old Aug 25, 2022, 7:49 am
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I'd be a little surprised if they re-open. It seemed like a very niche amenity, and I have to imagine the Polaris Club takes away much of the traffic from business-class international travelers.
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Old Aug 25, 2022, 7:55 am
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So what is going on with the space that Classified was in? Is it just sitting empty or are they using it for regular restaurant diners? Anyone take a peek in there recently?
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Old Aug 25, 2022, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by AeRoSpaceman
So what is going on with the space that Classified was in? Is it just sitting empty or are they using it for regular restaurant diners? Anyone take a peek in there recently?
I went back to the secret door in June, nothing going on back there, wasn't being used for dining that I could tell. just some waitstaff looking at me funny coming in & out of kitchen.
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Old Aug 25, 2022, 11:04 am
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I think at this point, it’s WAY too much overhead for not enough return. The fact that we have now the largest and most amenitied CLUB in the system at EWR makes me think this is not going to ever re-open. Space is at a premium, premium is subjective now at best, business travel has NOT returned in any pre-covid way, most estimates show still <50% and international <25%, so to staff and service this in a way that provides some experience or value to the high value UAL customer probably just does not make sense.
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Old Aug 25, 2022, 12:32 pm
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Originally Posted by nmenaker
I think at this point, its WAY too much overhead for not enough return. The fact that we have now the largest and most amenitied CLUB in the system at EWR makes me think this is not going to ever re-open. Space is at a premium, premium is subjective now at best, business travel has NOT returned in any pre-covid way, most estimates show still <50% and international <25%, so to staff and service this in a way that provides some experience or value to the high value UAL customer probably just does not make sense.
Seems like the opposite argument is also possible: too much sunk cost & too little incremental expense to keep it closed. It uses the Saison kitchen & bar, so all it takes to staff it is servers in numbers that can be easily scaled to demand.
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Old Aug 25, 2022, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by physioprof
Seems like the opposite argument is also possible: too much sunk cost & too little incremental expense to keep it closed. It uses the Saison kitchen & bar, so all it takes to staff it is servers in numbers that can be easily scaled to demand.
Maybe slightly off topic, but have you tried hiring anyone lately? I guess well see. Id love to see if opened up again since it was quite and easy to access, but I think it is not a priority for UAL at this point.

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Old Aug 26, 2022, 7:40 am
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I miss it. Pleasant oasis, halfway decent (if overpriced) foof, clean accessible bathrooms. Only downside would be the occasional loud blowhard on his/her phone ("I'M AT THE AIRPORT...")
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Old Aug 26, 2022, 9:49 pm
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I miss it as well. The quality of the food, the relaxed atmosphere, the great tarmac views, the ability to just hang out or sit around after my meal, and the separate restrooms made it worth it.
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Old Aug 26, 2022, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by diburning
I miss it as well. The quality of the food, the relaxed atmosphere, the great tarmac views, the ability to just hang out or sit around after my meal, and the separate restrooms made it worth it.
I miss it to -- I chose it every time over the PL - and I loved the floor in front of the restrooms....
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 2:24 am
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For what its worth, the staff at saison said they were told it would reopen September 2022. I last asked someone there one week ago and they told me the same.
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Old Aug 27, 2022, 12:52 pm
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Also, the speak easy aspect makes it very cool when you take coworkers/clients.

Everyone remembers it.

Much better than everything else at EWR especially when OPM.
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Old Aug 29, 2022, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by MTan
For what its worth, the staff at saison said they were told it would reopen September 2022. I last asked someone there one week ago and they told me the same.
The same staff who said last month it would be "end of August"? I think at this point we need to believe it when we see it back open.
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