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PIEHOLE: TWO OPENINGS, A RETURN & A MOVE

RB san remo 011514 1Long the home of the Little Kraut, the building at the corner of Bridge Avenue and Oakland Street in Red Bank now hosts a two-story version of the relocated San Remo. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

redbankgreen‘s PieHole is all about local food and drink. Of course, you’re probably hip enough to have already “likedPieHole on Facebook. Still, you’re only getting an amuse-bouche portion of local food and drink news if you rely on Facebook alone for your fix. So if you didn’t have time to fire up PieHole in your browser every day this week, you may have missed these recent stories:

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RED BANK: SAN REMO DEBUTS IN KRAUT SPACE

RB san remo 011514 2Chef/owner Giovanni Bougdour has relocated his 17-year-old San Remo restaurant from Shrewsbury to the former home of the Little Kraut in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RB san remo 011514 1In the works for more than three and half years, the move by San Remo to Red Bank from its longtime home just over the town line in Shrewsbury is finally finito.

Back in 2010, San Remo owner/chef Giovanni Bougdour bought the space from a titan of Teutonic cuisine, Dieter Bornemann, who for more than 40 years ran his Little Kraut restaurant there, just a schnitzel’s throw from the borough train station. Bornemann lived in an apartment above the restaurant before retiring and moving to Las Vegas.

What took Bougdour so long to complete the move?

“I’ve just been busy at the other place,” he says. “That’s it.”

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RED BANK: SAN REMO CLOSES IN ON MOVE

The transformation of the former Little Kraut restaurant has been underway for three years. Chef and ower Giovanni Boudour, below, in his new kitchen. (Photo by Robert Kern. Click to enlarge)

By ROBERT KERN

After nearly three years of planning and construction, Abdellah “Giovanni” Boudour says he looks forward to swapping a hard hat for his chef’s toque when San Remo restaurant finally opens next month in Red Bank.

Since buying the building at the corner of Oakland Street and Bridge Avenue in 2010, Boudour has split his time between overseeing the renovations and running the kitchen at the San Remo’s current location, on Newman Springs Road in Shrewsbury.

During that time he dealt with zoning processes and building permits to renovate the site from what was the Oakbridge Tavern – and, for decades before that, the Little Kraut – into his dream of a casual restaurant offering “fine dining at decent prices.”

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NEW LOOK FOR PRIMAS, CIGARS ON WALLACE

new-primasThe new-look Primas features bright colors and luxurious merchandise at affordable prices, the owners say. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

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Primas Home on Broad Street in Red Bank reopened last Friday, unveiling a new, bright space laid out with a lot of the eye-catching stuff it had before. Except this time, the price tags won’t make your eyes roll into the back of your head.

Back in April, the upscale furniture and accessory shop closed for renovations, part of its revamping of the business model to keep up with the economy.

After a makeover of the open-plan, vaulted ceiling space – built as the Merchants Trust Company, and later the longtime home of Carrolls Stationers – all the high-end merchandise, including the Althorp line, was sequestered to the loft space, and the 4,000-square-foot ground floor was filled with furniture, lamps and decorations with a palatable price tag.

“It’s affordable luxury. It’s like the look for less,” co-owner Valeria Ribeiro said. “We felt we needed to adjust.”

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‘KRAUT’ IS OUT AS SAN REMO PLANS MOVE

oakbridge2 Oakbridge Tavern, better known as the Little Kraut, has been sold to the owners of San Remo in Shrewsbury. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Eight months after Dieter Bornemann ended a 30-year run as owner of The Little Kraut, he’s sold his Red Bank building, moved out of the upstairs apartment and is hitting the road for Las Vegas.

Moving into the prominent space at the corner of Oakland Street and Bridge Avenue will be another authentic European restaurant, San Remo, now located on the Shrewsbury side of Newman Springs Road, owner and chef Giovanni Boudour tells redbankgreen.

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