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CHURN: POOL CUES, THRIFT & CRAFTS EXIT

lucky break 021214•Tuns out Lucky Break could not survive its lengthy shutdown over BYOB issues, its owner says. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508This edition of Retail Churn reports on the departures from downtown Red Bank of three high-profile businesses:

• Lucky Break Billiards, which was the subject of a bring-your-own-booze enforcement crackdown last year.

• The ARC of Monmouth Thrift Shop, a fixture on Monmouth Street for some three decades.

• Ten Thousand Villages, a Broad Street retailer of fair trade crafts.

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RED BANK: RACK ‘EM UP

Jeff Regen, a partner in Lucky Break Billiards and Café, gets ready for some eight-ball. The gaming parlor, with five pool tables and a shuffleboard table, opens to the public Saturday night. Lucky Break is at 14 West Front Street in Red Bank.  (Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT TESTS THE WATER ON BEACH PLAN

A concept plan for the pool club that’s envisioned for part of the beachfront, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Years in the talking, the transformation of Sea Bright’s dowdy oceanfront into a moneymaker complete with a pool club and restaurant could begin early next year, officials say.

But first, the borough council is awaiting the results of an analysis aimed at gauging  the appeal of the project to businesses its meant to lure.

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BILLIARDS HALL, OFFICE CONVERSION OK’D

14-w-frontThough no exterior changes are planned, Lucky Break Billiards will feature 19th-century decorative touches inside, the owners say. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A billiards parlor that serves coffee and desserts to players could be open in downtown Red Bank by December, the owners say.

Borough resident James Hertler and a partner in Lucky Break Billiards racked up quick, unanimous approval from the town’s zoning board Thursday night for a use of the storefront at 14 West Front Street that’s not otherwise permitted.

Also approved: the conversion, over the objection of neighbors, of a building on Wallace Street back to the two-family residence it had been for more than a century before the same board allowed office use four years ago.

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RACK ‘EM UP: BILLIARDS MAY RETURN TO RB

14-w-frontIf approved by the zoning board, a billiards hall called Lucky Break will move into the long-vacant storefront at 14 West Front. (Click to enlarge)

[This article was updated with new info at 12:25 p.m. Thursday, September 21.]

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna’s push for more after-hours activities downtown appears to be gaining momentum.

The prospective tenant of a West Front Street storefront that’s been vacant for more than three years is proposing to create a pool hall there, redbankgreen has learned.

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