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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? DANISH PANINI

092915danishcafe2Chicken Douglas, a panini-style sandwich from the Danish Café, a flag-festooned coffee shop. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

092915danishcafe3On any given day at Loni and Claudi Kofod’s Danish Café on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, you’ll find customers in deep discussion, their open laptops sharing table space with large cups of coffee.

But the wifi, full-bodied, European-style java and original pastries are only part of what brings customers to this light-filled, red-and-white-flag-festooned Galleria space. The lunch menu offers simple, healthy choices, as PieHole rediscovered on a recent business meeting-slash-What’s For Lunch outing.

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RED BANK: A ‘TRAILBLAZER’ GETS HER DUE

rb dedication 111414Descendants of Katharine Elkus White and local officials at Friday’s dedication of the roadway in Marine Park to the late mayor and ambassador. White, seen below in 1948. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948Amid reminiscences of a “strong-willed” woman countering the casual sexism of the day, Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, Katharine Elkus White, was honored Friday when the road in Marine Park was named for her.

In a brief ceremony on a cold, blustery afternoon, some of White’s descendants joined local officials in unveiling a wooden sign designating the loop road as “Ambassador Katharine Elkus White Circle.”

 

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RED BANK: PARK LOOP DEDICATION PLANNED

rb marine park 082814katherine-elkus-white-1948Completing an effort launched by resident Carl Colmorgen two years ago, Red Bank officials will dedicate the roadway loop in Marine Park to late Mayor Katherine Elkus White at 3 p.m. on Friday with the installation of a plaque.

White, seen here in 1948, White was the only female mayor in the borough ‘s history, holding the office from 1951 to 1956. She later served as the United States Ambassador to Denmark. White died in April, 1985 at the age of 78. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: PARK CIRCLE MAY HONOR WHITE

rb marine park 082814Under an ordinance proposed by Mayor Pasquale Menna, the circle at Marine Park would be named for late Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, Katharine Elkus White, is up for a drive in the park.

Marine Park, that is. Mayor Pasquale Menna on Wednesday night proposed naming the parking area at the riverfront facility for White, who also served as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Highway Authority and four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark.

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RED BANK: LATE MAYOR MAY GET HONOR

RB boro hall bench 062414A seating area under construction earlier this week at Red Bank borough hall may be named for Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948Katharine Elkus White, Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, may finally be getting some overdue recognition in the form of hard civic assets.

Mayor Pasquale Menna wants to name a small plaza now under construction outside borough hall on Monmouth Street for White, who also served as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Highway Authority and four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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JA, YOU CAN GET A REAL DANISH HERE

The Danish flag and lighting fixtures add to the atmosphere of the industrial space in the Galleria. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

In the 105 years since its construction, the Galleria of Red Bank has had a revolving door for local business owners. Built as a uniform factory and presently  home to a spa, an “intuitive specialist,” a framing shop, restaurants and more, the brick building now touts a newly opened coffee shop.

However, to simply say ‘coffee shop’ is to the put the Danish Café in the same league as dime-a-dozen Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts shops.  Instead, husband-and-wife owners Claudi and Lone Kofod, above, are trying to expand American palates with a taste of Denmark’s delectable wienerbrød (pastries) and authentic frokost (lunch) dishes.

The Kofods are from the small island of Bornholm, population 42,000, where they were both born and raised. Married 27 years, they moved to the States three months ago on an investor visa to conquer the challenge of operating their own business in America.

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RESIDENT STUMPS FOR SLIGHTED MAYOR

elk-ridge-092611Ambassador Drive, serving the Elkridge condominium complex off Spring Street, is the only public tribute to late Red Bank Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948She was Red Bank’s first, and only, female mayor. She also served four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark, was a champion of civil rights and women’s equality, and once frosted political opponents who wanted a peek into her bedroom.

But driving around town, you would hardly know Katharine Elkus White had existed, says Oakland Street resident Carl Colmorgen.

He hopes to change that.

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