“It’s a great opportunity to meet new faces and soak up the vibe and energy in the city,” said Isaiah Little, 29, a Newark native and supper club regular who organizes Newark First Fridays, an art and cultural event downtown. “I’ve developed partnerships here and definitely friendships. It sounds cheesy, but you really get to know people.”

The club’s growth has coincided with signs of a rebirth in a city whose population has been inching up after decades of sharp decline. Amazon this week announced that Newark was among the cities on its shortlist for a second headquarters. And, along with the many new locally owned restaurants, other recent big-name additions to the city include The Halal Guys, Whole Foods and Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, Marcus B&P.

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