By JOHN T. WARD
They’re moving ahead with a plan to create a seafood restaurant at 78 Bridge Avenue, opposite the Red Bank train station, by early May.
The Holmdel couple had originally hoped to find someone to rent the building and operate a restaurant there, they told Churn back in December, when they filed change-of-use plans with the borough.
But they’ve now decided they’re up to the challenge of running a Wednesday-through-Sunday seafood-only eatery that they expect will be heavier on take-out business than sit-down.
The still-nameless restaurant “is going to be very, very relaxed and casual,” with seasonal outdoor dining on a rear deck that’s to be constructed, Mary Jennings tells redbankgreen.
The borough planning board unanimously approved allowing the couple to build a commercial kitchen where there’s now a residence-sized one, and to tear up about 1,000 square feet of asphalt in a side yard for a garden to supply the restaurant.
The building has been home in recent years to an ironware store, a teahouse and a teahouse-plus the last two under different owners using the name NovelTeas.