When he isn’t talking about cooking a turkey in a dishwasher, star chef David Burke runs a number of high-end restaurants, including one in Rumson, that are out of reach financially for some food lovers. But for diners with champagne tastes and beer budgets, there’s a tried-and-true way to eat as the swells do: the prix-fix lunch special.
By JOHN T. WARD
• In early 2011, in an effort to spice up nightlife, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna spearheads a zoning law change to allow billiards parlors and other entertainment-based businesses to operate downtown.
• Several months later, former Mayor Ed McKenna, as lawyer on a lease for a planned billiards parlor, calls now-deceased police Chief Steve McCarthy to confirm that it could operate as a bring-your-own-beer and wine establishment. McKenna gets an OK, he tells his client, James Hertler, who was in McKenna’s office during the call.
• That October, Hertler goes before the zoning board and wins quick, unanimous approval of his plan for Lucky Break Billiards. Throughout its lengthy resolution of approval, the board notes that Lucky Break will be a BYOB that serves coffee and microwavable snacks and will allow its customers to bring in food from nearby restaurants.
• The following March, Hertler and partner Jeff Regen open Lucky Break at 14 West Front Street, in a space that had been vacant for four years.
• Lucky Break toughs it out for the next 18 months, building a repeat clientele largely based on private parties and edging toward profitability.
• Though it’s located amid a busy cluster of bars, there’s not a single incident requiring a police response at Lucky Break. “We worked hard to be a good neighbor,” said Hertler, a borough resident.
Yet without any change in the pattern described above, guess who abruptly finds himself accused of violating liquor laws – and out of business?
By JOHN T. WARD
Standing four deep along a Broad Street sidewalk, they greeted the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro, with girlish shrieks when he emerged to open the shop.
And how did he get the place open so fast?
Louis J. Spina, 56, formerly of Colts Neck, is alleged to have lost $8 million of that amount on stock trades and burned through the rest to pay his clients phony ‘returns,’ as well as for personal expenses, “including car purchases/payments, luxury apartment rental payments, and a $400,000 donation to a private university,” the office of United States Attorney Paul Fishman said in a prepared announcement.
Jamian LaViola of Jamian’s demonstrates how to properly and safely shuck an oyster in a video on redbankgreen‘s PieHole food page.
Ever since our conversation a few weeks ago with food history author Karen Schnitzspahn, when she spoke how abundant oysters used to be at Red Bank’s bars and taverns, PieHole has had bivalves on the brain.
So we grabbed a dozen Maryland oysters and headed over to Jamian’s Food & Drink for a lesson in how to shuck an oyster without requiring a trip to the hospital.
Check out the video here.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 15 to November 22, 2013.
Report of Theft in the area of Shrewsbury Car Wash, Shrewsbury Avenue on 11/15/13. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $100.00. Ptl. MaryEllen Jennings investigating.
Report of Theft by Deception in the area of Great Clips, Broad Street on 11/21/13. Victim reports unknown subjects passed counterfeit $100.00 bill in exchange for merchandise and cash. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.
Criminal Mischief reported on 11-14-13 in three areas on East Bergen. Report of graffiti spray-painted onto buildings and signs. Ptl. Garrett Falco.
Criminal Mischief occurring between 11-15-13 and 11-17-13 at Red Bank Train Station parking lot. The victim reported that unknown person(s) dented the rear and front passenger doors on vehicle and also shattered the rear window. Ptl. Gary Watson.
Criminal Mischief occurring between 11-16-13 and 11-17-13 at Leighton Ave. parking
lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) sprayed silly string and shaving cream on parked vehicle. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.
By JOHN T. WARD
Pete Theodoropoulus is still not an artist, though one might say his skills as a businessman are quickly approaching artistry.
As detailed by redbankgreen last summer, he’s a food guy, one who owns multiple Italian-ice stands and restaurants around New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. And he’s not yet 30 years old.
But Theodoropoulus believes he’s found a huge opening in the art world: a market for large images assembled from thousands of bits of cut and broken stone and glass. Art that weighs heavy on the walls and heavy on the wallet.
He’s seizing control of it. And his venture, in development for nearly two years, officially got a face this week with the opening of his gallery, called Tesserae – Greek for ‘mosaic’ – in a storefront on Broad Street in Red Bank.
The manager of a Red Bank gas station raided by State Police Thursday night apparently had a sideline selling another kind of high test.
According to charges filed after the raid, Kamleshkumar Chaudhari, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana – how much more, authorities didn’t say – with the intent to distribute.
During the nighttime raid at the Shell station on Newman Springs Road, Chaudhauri was also found holding some $3,000 in cash, according to NJSP spokesman Sergeant Adam Grossman.
By JIM WILLIS
These eggs have some of the brightest yolks we’ve seen, a good indication that the chickens are eating good stuff. Crack two into your frying pan for a pair of sunny-side ups, and the yolks tower over the whites with the perkiness of a cheerleader on game day.
They’re also an incredible bargain.
PieHole spoke to farmer John Hauser to make sure he’d have plenty at his table this weekend, and to get some details on his hens. Take it here for all the details.
BTW, if you’re savoring our food coverage, be sure to make friends with our PieHole Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, where you’ll start seeing stuff that may not appear on redbankgreen‘s home page – cuz, you know, our cup do runneth over with culinary goodness.
Lisa Sherman and Sandy Mack bring their all-new Sherman Mack project to the Walt Street Pub Friday night. Below: painter Martin Kammler has the floor at BCC, for a close-up look at his creative process. (Top photo by Heather Morgan; click to enlarge)
Friday, November 22:
LINCROFT: He’s spoken of the physicality of his artistic process, which makes sense: when he’s not creating vividly visceral canvases, Martin Kammler approaches his other career as an in-demand personal trainer with equal intensity. The native of Essen, Germany visits the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery at Brookdale Community College to talk about his work and demonstrate his unorthodox, “paint on the floor” method in a presentation that begins at 7 pm. Take it here for details.
Before arriving at CVA, stop in at the Monmouth Museum (adjacent to the Brookdale Performing Arts Center) for the opening reception of Artists Celebrate the Holidays, a group show featuring “a vast representation of holiday celebrations from the traditional to contemporary works and installations.” Reception’s on from 6 to 8 pm, and the show remains on display during regular museum hours through January 5, 2014. It’s a first-nighter as well for the Holiday Gift Gallery, an annual array of handcrafted and other one-of-a-kind gifts (including jewelry, scarves, ceramics, home items and more) from local artists. There’s live music and refreshments also featured at the reception from 6 to 8pm, and the Gift Gallery stays open for business during regular museum hours through January 12.
By JOHN T. WARD
Unaccompanied by Red Bank police, about a dozen troopers descended on the station at about 9 p.m., blocking driveway access on both the Newman Springs Road and Shrewsbury Avenue sides for more than an hour.
After an outage of more than two years, a Red Bank landmark, the Reussilles’ (later Ballew’s) Jewelers clock on Broad Street is expected to be back in the business of telling accurate time Friday, says Pete Theodoropoulus, who opened his new tile-art gallery called Tesserae in the former jewelry store Wednesday. We’ll have more about the store Friday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)