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RED BANK: GALLERY STYLE IN GOTHAM

Bill Mack GaryRelief sculptor Bill Mack and painter Gary Welton will appear at Red Bank’s Gotham Restaurant during a Friday/Saturday stand.

In between displays of Batman-related memorabilia and other popcultural artifacts, visitors to Gotham Red Bank have been treated to an ongoing wall exhibit of “relief sculptures” by Bill Mack. And just as the Minnesota-based artist’s creations tend to dip a toe into the dimension beyond their frames, so will Mr. Mack himself leave his Minneapolis homebase for a two-day, in-person Broad Street sojourn that takes place this Friday and Saturday.

The mustachioed Midwesterner, whose website touts his standing as “the world’s preeminent relief sculptor,” will be joined for a total of four  Meet the Artist sessions by a fellow Minnesotan, whose work has also graced the walls of Gotham — the self-described “painter of movement” Gary Welton.

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RED BANK: BATMOBILE HEADING TO GOTHAM

BatmobileThe classic Batmobile — last seen around town with none other than Adam West as a passenger — returns to Red Bank this Tuesday evening (and with Catwoman as special guest, yet) for a Spring Business Networking Event at the new Gotham restaurant. (Photo by John T. Ward)

When last the redbankgreen camera spied the classic “Batman ’66” version of the Batmobile on the streets of Red Bank, it was engaged in a low-speed, high-stakes drag race with the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty (with no less than TV’s Caped Crusader Adam West as shotgun passenger), as a tie-in to the AMC series Comic Book Men.

This Tuesday evening, the Dynamic Duo’s supercharged ride is scheduled to appear once more in the borough — summoned not by the Bat-Signal, but by social media — as the new Gotham Lounge hosts its first-ever Spring Business Networking and Red Carpet Event.

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RED BANK: OWNER VOWS ‘NOT ANOTHER FIXX’

rb gotham 060514Gotham Lounge will have a dress code, a partner in the business said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_02By JOHN T. WARD

Hoping to head off misconceptions, a partner in the Gotham Lounge, a proposed Red Bank nightclub, promises an “upscale, sophisticated” speakeasy-themed place with a dress code.

Joseph Squillaro tells redbankgreen that the Broad Street club will be respectful of local sensitivities.

“I know how important it is to the town that they not have another Chubby’s there, not another Fixx” he said, referring by the former and current names of a West Front Street bar that authorities shut down for three weeks earlier this year following two street melees within a month last fall.

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RED BANK: NIGHTCLUB EYES BROAD STREET

rb gotham 060414Gotham Lounge would feature bars on two floors. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_02By JOHN T. WARD

Vacant for just a month, the former Red Bank home of Hamilton Jewelers could become a swank nightclub if approved by town planning officials.

A Shrewsbury anesthesiologist, Ted Kutzin, has proposed converting the storefront at 19 Broad Street into the Gotham Lounge, a “high-end bar/lounge with tapas food and occasional entertainment,” according to documents filed recently with the town planning office.

Gotham would become part of an rapid overhaul of upper Broad Street that includes half a dozen new restaurants, as well as two that have already failed, and another that’s about to add 200 seats to a competitive dining market. It would also join Red and the Downtown in competing for clubgoers.

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