No Joe’s Café was as quiet as all other businesses in downtown Red Bank at 4 a.m. Tuesday, despite having touted a plan on its Facebook page and a sign in its window to stay open for 24 hours during the blizzard to serve emergency responders and snowplow operators. There was no immediate explanation for the change, but it reminded us of an old bit by comedian Steven Wright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
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By JIM WILLIS
Calling his expansion into the burger business “the biggest business blunder” of his life, Mike Tierney is bringing No Joe’s Café in Red Bank back to its roots.
The owner of the pioneering Broad Street coffeehouse – which opened in depths of the ‘Dead Bank’ days of empty stores and a couple of years ago added ‘Beasty Burgers to the operation – says with burgers no longer in the picture, he wants No Joe’s to return to basics. He’s brought on pastry chef Michael Finehirsch to help him get there.
Tierney says coffee and pastries are a much better fit, and Finehirsch, who studied pastry in France and London and spent time at New York’s Daniel and Bouley before answering an ad from Tierney, is the guy to make it happen.
“We’re building what I like to call a French/American pastry shop,” Finehirsch tells redbangreen’s PieHole. ““If I had my own shop I’d want it to be something like this, so when I saw Mike’s ad we got together.”
By SUSAN ERICSON
In a carnivorous mood, PieHole headed over to the newly opened Shapiro’s New York Style Delicatessen in Red Bank, where we found plenty of Jewish-style sandwiches to choose from.
Corned beef and chicken noodle soup are staples at most of the delis on the Greater Red Bank Green, so what sets this place apart from the others? For a transplanted New Yorker, it’s the nostalgic Yiddish menu choices, such as blintzes (sweet stuffed crepes), latkes (potato pancakes), tongue (braised cow tongue) and kishke (stuffed derma), that we haven’t seen or tasted in years.
By JOHN T. WARD
Two new clothing stores open. A cupcake shop adds a coffee bar as another dessert business prepares to open. One restaurant changes hands while another goes dark. And a longtime barber sweeps up the clippings for the last time.
Though the signage still reads No Joe’s, chef Eduardo Bover is cooking authentic Cuban food in the kitchen of ChikyBoom, where the dining room features a Caribbean feel. (Photo above by John T. Ward; below by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
If you remember the song “Cuban Pete,” made famous by Desi Arnaz, you know the bongos and maracas playing to the rhumba beat: chick-chicka-boom.
The same might be said about ChikyBoom, the former No Joe’s coffee shop-and-luncheonette on Broad Street in Red Bank that’s now a Cuban-and-Spanish restaurant — when it’s not serving coffee and breakfast.
By JOHN T. WARD
The neverending Churn of Red Bank stores and restaurants continued in recent weeks with a departure of an Italian deli on the West Side and the addition to Broad Street of two shops that take aim right at your craving for sweets.
By JOHN T. WARD
This installment of redbankgreen’s Retail Churn brings news of a lingerie store closing and a coffee shop getting a complete makeover, down to the name.
• Ashley (nee Dupré) Earle, owner of Femme by Ashley, at 15 Broad Street, announced in an email to customers Wednesday that she’s closing the four-year-old lingerie and swimwear boutique to focus on raising her two children.
By JOHN T. WARD
This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has news about two businesses on Red Bank’s West Side: Cluck U Chicken and Green’s Auto Performance.
But we start downtown with No Joe’s Coffee House, where Churn was surprised to find itself sharing a sidewalk table earlier this week with new owners, who have some pretty ambitious plans.
A second-floor reading room at the Red Bank Public Library is the setting for this Saturday’s River Read poetry-‘n-whatnot jam. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
In true hermit crab fashion, it’s a native offering that’s skittered from venue to venue around town – with past homes having included the Dublin House Pub, No Joe’s Café and the now-defunct Frank Talk on Shrewsbury Avenue.
But when the poetry event known as River Read: Words by the Navesink sets up shop this Saturday morning at the Red Bank Public Library, it will mark a welcome return for the monthly series that was unfortunately evicted from that riverview roost when the library was temporarily forced to cancel its Saturday programming.
By JOHN T. WARD
Closing out a busy year, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn delivers news of a coffee place and an art-filled nightspot, both in downtown Red Bank, and some churnings in the groves of Shrewsbury, where the perennial rumor of an Apple Computer store is again in the air.
Ever wonder how it is that so many different religions all expect to heal the world on only their own terms? Every religious denomination has published studies demonstrating how modern America is running from organized religion. There is a reason for this phenomenon: organized religion spends more time perpetuating itself than offering relevant paths for the expression of faith. Whatever your denomination, there are core values that we share and which should lead us into a better respect for one another.
Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm, Rabbi Marc Kline of Monmouth Reform Temple is inviting all members of the public, of all faiths (and even “ye of little faith”) to do just that — during a series of free, “no holds barred,” non-denominational open conversations presented (not at a house of worship, but in the neutral territory of a favorite neighborhood coffeehouse) under the name “This Is About Faith!”
By JOHN T. WARD
Rook Coffee Roasters, a rapidly expanding by-the-cup brewer with a rabid fanbase, is opening a shop in Red Bank, redbankgreen has learned.
The five-year-old Ocean Township-based chain plans to open its seventh store at 10 White Street, just a coffee-stirrer away from java behemoth Starbucks, Rook owner Holly Migliaccio tells Retail Churn.
By JIM WILLIS
Red Bank’s protean coffee house, No Joe’s Café, is once again trying something new.
Born in the depths of the town’s ‘Dead Bank’ phase, the Broad Street stalwart has been through a number of repositionings in recent years. It was seen most recently here on PieHole when owner Mike Tierney brought on a pastry chef after a short-lived rebranding of the place as ‘Beasty Burgers.’
Late this summer, the business underwent yet another transformation, and now the kitchen, helmed by chef Keith Genovese, is focused on churning out lunchtime staples with a new menu that features salads and sandwiches.
This one deserves to work.
After a preview party Friday evening, the two-day Red Bank Public Library book sale gets underway Saturday morning. Below, ‘The City and the Shore’ come alive as graphic artist Mike Quon open an exhibit of his works at Middletown Library.
September means time for a shout-out to the Red Bank Public Library — and, rather than shushing some of the more enthusiastic shouters, the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library are encouraging all citizens of the greater Green to come out to support this community resource during a used book sale that stands among the area’s most anticipated such annual events.
Much more than just a casual card-table-and-cashbox affair, the sale kicks off with a special preview party at the library on Friday evening, when, for an admission charge of $25 (free to member Friends), attendees can enjoy first dibs on the selection of books, CDs, DVDs and more — as well as wine, appetizers, raffles and a performance by Red Bank’s own jazz legend trio, the Al Wright Unit.
Alex Iler at No Joe’s last Wednesday. Below, the Locust house that Iler fraudulently deeded over to himself after his landlord died. (Photo above by Dan Natale; below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
A disbarred Red Bank lawyer sentenced to 10 years in state prison last October for stealing the Locust home of his dead landlord and half a million dollars from clients is already out.
Alex Iler, 40, was freed on a court order in February, just four months after he was sentenced, a beneficiary of New Jersey’s “intensive supervision program,” redbankgreen has learned.
In the course of following up on a tip from a reader who was outraged that Iler had been cut loose, redbankgreen ran into Iler in downtown Red Bank last Wednesday. He agreed to an interview.
Hard to believe, but it’s been a whole seven years since a fightin’ little community intelligencer known as redbankgreen and local firebrand Audrey Oldoerp jumpstarted the concept of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale into being, abetted by a whole lot of savvy sidewalk shoppers on the lookout for that elusive bottom-of-the-box bargain, folding-table find or garage-corner Grail.
In fact, do the math and you’ll realize that the RBTWYS, once upon a time a post-Labor Day lollapalooza, migrated to the merry month of May right about the time that the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library took over the reins. And on Saturday, the borough becomes a border to border bargain-hunter’s bonanza once again.
More than 100 participating households are expected to set sale between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, and an updated list of registered addresses should be viewable on the Friends Facebook page the morning of the event. Or, stop outside the library building on West Front Street to pick up a map of sale participants.
There’s a rain date of Saturday, May 10, too — but if all goes according to schedule on May 3, you’ll find even more than you bargained for if you head due east…
First up, this Saturday: the Lincroft Village Green Association holds its 10th annual Lincroft Community Yard Sale at homes throughout that corner of Middletown from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
By WIL FULTON
The chef from Beasty Burgers, one of Red Banks suddenly-ubiquitous burger joints, popped in at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor Wednesday to showcase his restaurant and teach the senior-citizen residents a thing or two about the state of the modern burger.
Mike Ross gave a short presentation on his innovative menu and cooking methods, and also offered advice on spicing up old favorites while letting the residents and Atrium workers sample some of his delicious burgers and side-dishes.
Everyone knows that french fries go with burgers its pretty much a given nowadays, Ross told a packed conference room at the luxury high-rise on Riverside Avenue. At Beasty, we try to show people that there are so many great complements to burgers besides the standard order of french fries.
For Saturday’s Art Walk, McKay Imaging, above, offered a mix of photos and paintings. Below, rock photographer Mark Weiss was the star of a show hosted by Frame to Please in the Galleria. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)
By DAN NATALE
Artists and art connoisseurs walked and trolleyed the cold streets of Red Bank Saturday night as they explored 11 galleries and several dining locations for the latest edition of Art Walk.
A gift of art is a gift from the heart was the event’s tag line, and based on the responses of attendees, it seemed the event offered pieces at affordable prices while raising the level of appreciation for the culture the town cultivates.
Its great to have the art walk so people can see the different kinds of art available,” said Pat Corboy, an artist with work available at Frame to Please in the Galleria. “You can buy it and not be a multimillionaire.
When Hurricane Sandy threw the entire Jersey Shore into a Dark Ages interlude of blackouts, curfews, detours, closings and major transportation issues, nearly every scheduled event this side of Thanksgiving was forced to take a step back.
But according to gallery curator Robert Langdon, rumors of the postponement of this month’s Red Bank Art Walk have been greatly exaggerated. In fact the November 24 re-appearance of the pavement-pounding promenade represents a resource that can help the borough “recapture its vibrance, especially after the recent devastation Monmouth County suffered from Hurricane Sandy,” he said in an email to redbankgreen.
Taking place on from 5 to 9 pm onNational Small Business Day, the holiday edition of the recently revived art walk brings together some 20 borough-based galleries, upscale retailers, restaurants and places of worship for a four hour, self-guided walking tour organized under the theme “A Gift of Art is a Gift of the Heart.” Langdon’s Gallery U (where the group show Cornucopia opens with a 6 to 9 pm reception on Friday, November 23) joins with such traditional (and non-traditional) artspaces as the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Beacon Fine Arts Gallery, Frame to Please, Studio 25, Gallery 135 at the Red Bank Community Church (the second-story “storefront” house of worship in the Prown’s building on Monmouth Street), Jamian’s Food and Drink, as well as Garmany, Amy Manor Interior Design and several other art-friendly venues. Street maps (featuring the participating Art Walk locations plus recommended places to dine) will be made available to those who stroll and/or roll and there’s even a trolley shuttle service running between the various locations.
The virtual art walk continues in and around the greater Red Bank Green this weekend, with a special event in Middletown (rescheduled from the bleak beginning days of November), as well as ongoing exhibits in Shrewsbury, Lincroft, Little Silver and downtown Red Bank…
It looked for a while as if it might never regain its footing but after sitting out the past couple of years, the Red Bank Art Walk makes its return this Friday, hot on the heels of the borough’s selection (by Smithsonian Magazine) as one of the top three Best Small Towns in the USA for culture and quality of life.
A three-hour, self-guided tour through the downtown Green and points west, the Art Walk is both rejuvenated and reconfigured in its 2012 incarnation, with a new cast of participants joined by several “non-traditional spaces” where Art Happens, from restaurants and retail stores to at least one transformed place of worship.
Going on between the hours of 6pm and 9pm, this first in a projected new series of events is being spearheaded by a relatively recent arrival to town Gallery U and Boutique, the rather Unique and Unorthodox artspace that opened its doors at 80 Broad Street last year.
Art happens, as it’s wont to do, often in the most unlikely of places and any number of art aficionados can tell you that it doesn’t require a formal gallery setting to showcase some pretty awesome stuff. If you’re “art and about” the greater Green this weekend, you’re just as likely to encounter this awesomeness at a gourmet market and garden center or, in Friday evening’s instance, at two of Red Bank’s most dynamic hair salons.
Last we looked in on Glen Goldbaum, the superstar Manhattan stylist turned catalyst for a creative new vision on Red Bank’s West Side was hosting an event branded as Bewitched, a “magical evening of fantasy, hair, art and more that transformed his two neighboring Bridge Avenue salons (Glen Goldbaum 72 and Lambs & Wolves Den of Beauty) into an environment populated by winged fantasy characters, live mannequins and guest conceptualizers from Asbury Park’s Cookman Avenue “Arts Bloc.”
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
That’s saying a lot for the ruddy and avuncular 61-year-old, who’s often fueled up on equal amounts of No Joe’s coffee and zest for speaking with schoolkids all over the country.
Earning a star in the Kirkus Book Review and an order for a second edition of your book, which hasn’t even hit bookstore shelves yet, can do that.
“I’m bullish on John Grandits this week,” he said.
After 10 years working on his second children’s book (he’s also published two children’s poetry books), Grandits is ready to hit the self-promotion circuit in advance of the July 4 release of Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want To Survive The School Bus.
The name Fair Trade Town Crawl suggests that they’ve slowed things down a bit, coming off last year’s Shop Hop. But when the Fair Trade Red Bank organization celebrates World Fair Trade Day this Saturday, May 14, it’ll hit the ground running with new products, new participating merchants, and new shopping incentives centered around the retail reveille call of “Fair Trade Your Breakfast.”
From 11a to 4p, a group of downtown business that includes returning FT’ers Ten Thousand Villages (scene of a breakfast pastry bake-off), soapmarket (where customers can make their own own sugar scrub from fair trade products) and No Joe’s (spotlighting a fair trade coffee of the day) will join with newcomers The Cheese Cave (hosting a coffee cupping demonstration), P.S. Poppyseeds and Good Karma Cafe for an afternoon of discounted merchandise, raffle prizes and other activities. Fair trade food products from vendors like Papa Ganache and The Cinnamon Snail can also be purchased at Red Ginger Home and Yummy Yummy Good Stuff @ Funk & Standard.