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STEW MEAT: ‘IT’S NOT GOING TO BITE YOU’

Goldstein, StewLenny, er, Stew Goldstein of Monmouth Meats.

There are only so many old-style, independent butchers left in Red Bank.

Humanbitesrbg There’s Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz‘ Gatta on Shrewsbury Avenue, of course, working the chopping block for some 60 years. The guys at Citarella’s Meats & Deli on Prospect Avenue. And smack in between them, Stew Goldstein of Monmouth Meats, on Monmouth Street opposite the Count Basie Theatre.

A Brooklyn native who now lives in East Brunswick, Goldstein, 53, has been in the trade since he was a teenager. And to revive its long-dormant Human Bites feature, redbankgreen took a few minutes recently to ask Goldstein about a lifetime of swing a meat cleaver.

Did you always know this is what you wanted to do for a living?

Yes. I never had any other jobs. This is what I enjoy. My father had a small family-style neighborhood store in downtown Brooklyn. He was in business for about 45 years.


Do you remember your first interaction with a side of beef?

My first interaction was when I was maybe eight, nine years old. I went to the wholesale market with my father.


What was that experience like for a kid?
You walk into a huge, refrigerated warehouse. The floor was wet and dirty — things weren’t as clean as they are now. You had the carcasses, you got the smells. It was something I said I would never do. But I did. I knew nothing else.


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IS SPRING FINALLY HERE TO STAY?

RiverseatIt’s one chair, no waiting, in the Navesink River off Riverside Gardens Park as the mercury heads into the mid-60s or higher today.

Warm weather arrives and puts up its feet for a weekend stay beginning today, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the forecast for the coming week:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 65. Light wind becoming west between 10 and 13 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 45. West wind between 7 and 11 mph.

SpringdayIn Red Bank yesterday, Jack Lucey of River Road tackled weeds; a sun worshipper took a break outside Teak on Monmouth Street; and Front Street Trattoria owner Michael Aufiero readied his outdoor dining area for the season. (Click to enlarge)

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LITTLE KRAUT GOES ORGANIC, SORTA

Dieter_bornemannForty years after Dieter Bornemann took his restaurant’s name from an epithet, he says it’s time to change both the name and the menu.

It’s not quite ‘auf wiedersehen.’ But the Little Kraut, Dieter Bornemann’s accolade-winning German restaurant next to the Red Bank train station, is swapping its lederhosen for cargo shorts.

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Bornemann tells redbankgreen that he’s dropping the un-PC name for “Oak Bridge Tavern,” in recognition of its location at Oakland Street and Bridge Avenue. He’s also paring the increasingly archaic menu of bratwursts and knackwursts in favor of — let’s all say it together — organic.

Why? Because it’s time, he says.

The stolid Teutonic menu “has been declining for the last 10 years,” the garrulous Bornemann says in his heavily marbled accent. “All those old krauts are moving to Florida.”

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COURT CLEARS WAY FOR TWO PROJECTS

Anderson_brosThe former Anderson storage building, seen in a file photo, where Mertrovation has approvals to build 23 condos and two stores.

A pair of large-scale, long-stalled development projects near the Red Bank train station cleared legal hurdles yesterday when a state Appellate Division panel ruled that no conflicts of interest had tainted approvals by the borough zoning board, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

Both cases pitted Bill Meyer, a downtown property owner and gadfly, against developer Metrovation or its principals and the zoning board.

One decision centered on plans for a mixed retail/brew pub/art studio/condo project called MW West Side Lofts on the southeast corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue. The project, owned by principals of Metrovation but not the firm itself, would surround the present location of Danny’s Steakhouse.

The other involves the former Anderson Brothers Moving and Storage building at the northwest corner of Bridge Avenue an Monmouth Street, where Metrovation hopes to create 23 condos and two street-level stores.

From the Press, by reporter Larry Higgs:

In both projects, Meyer challenged the potential conflict of interest of two board members at public meetings and then challenged their participation in lawsuits. Judges upheld the participation of both members, which prompted the appeals and have kept both projects on hold.

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RESTAURATEUR CONVICTED IN POT CASE

A man reported to have been an owner or co-owner of Teak restaurant on Monmouth Street and other upscale eateries was convicted Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan of conspiracy to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana.

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Marc Munson, a former Holmdel resident whose age and current address were not disclosed, was the “head of the New York operation” in an elaborate smuggling scheme that involved the use of ‘decoy’ cars to deflect attention away from others used to haul the pot, federal authorities contend.

From 1997 into 2004, the alleged conspiracy generated huge profits, enabling Munson to become an owner or co-owner of Teak; of Rice, in Highlands; and Thai Elephant in Short Hills, the Asbury Park Press reports, citing court documents and trial evidence.

Munson’s current relationship to Teak could not be learned last night; a call to the general manager was not returned.

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THE ART OF WALKING

Ms2Mitchell Johnson’s sun-drenched seashore village views are spotlighted at Laurel Tracey Gallery as nine Red Bank galleries team up to present Artwalk event this Saturday.

By TOM CHESEK

An “Art Walk” can be a tricky thing; a study in dueling impulses, in which one part of you — the part that wants to linger long on a single painted image or sculpted object — is forced to contend with the part that needs to keep moving and simply can’t wait to discover what new source of inspiration waits around the next corner.

It was with those conflicting, complementary impulses in mind that the art galleries of Red Bank banded together seven years ago to present the first in what has become a series of annual springtime Artwalk events, free and entirely self-guided excursions that allow perambulating patrons an opportunity to experience the borough’s artscape at one’s own pace.

The idea: give everybody a map, set them loose on the sidestreets and alleyways of the downtown, and let them make of it what they will.

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AND JUST A HINT OF SULFUR…

Kabooming_irThe 2007 closing blasts, that is.

Brace yourselves for a bit of window-rattling pyrotechnics over the Navesink tonight.

Better yet, leave the sofa and television behind for a couple of hours and see for yourself as the night sky blooms in crackling colors.

In case you haven’t heard, tonight’s the annual KaBoom Fireworks on the Navesink fundraiser, held at the Monmouth Boat Club.

The goal is to offset as much of the $175,000 annual cost as possible. The July 3 spectacular, which typically draws 150,000 people into Red Bank, gets no public funding; it’s all paid for from donated funds.

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FOODIE FIXE: APRIL’S RESTAURANT DEALS

SognodoorAmong the 16 eateries participating in April’s ‘Dine Downtown’ promo is Sogno Ristorante on Broad Street.

By TOM CHESEK

Those who cherish a favorite Red Bank restaurant or two probably don’t know the half of it. A walk around the streetside smorgasbord of the business-district is a world-class international excursion in its own right, abuzz with culinary accents: French, German, Irish and Italian; Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican and Thai.

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There are even tantalizing tastes of such exotic far-flung locales as Brooklyn and Philadelphia — along with a couple of cool fusions that we’ve yet to triangulate with our gastronomic GPS.

With the weather turning walkable once more, the folks at Red Bank RiverCenter are encouraging hibernators to abandon the burrow for the borough that’s long stood as Monmouth County’s premier dining destination. Dine Downtown, a promotion effort that’s as sure a harbinger of Spring as the first pitchers-and-catchers report, returns for a fourth fab year, and the enticement is on every Tuesday and Wednesday evening in April, with sixteen eateries offering a range of special prix fixe menus that include appetizer, entre?e and dessert for a lusciously low price (beverages, tax and gratuities are not included).

The promotion has been a successful one for the RiverCenter partnership, now under the direction of Nancy Adams. While the list of participants continues to spotlight both long-establish landmarks and buzzworthy newcomers — with vibes that span the comfy side of casual to the cutting edge of cosmopolitan — there’s been some fine-tuning done since the first Dine Downtown went down in March, 2005.

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RESTAURATEURS LAY IT ALL ON THE TABLE

Lyristis_george_2The Bistro’s George Lyristis: “You can’t always ask somebody else to fix the problem.”

Business is tough these days for many Red Bank restaurants. And it’s not simply a matter of the winter blahs.

The economy has soured. Would-be patrons are turned off by the perception of aggressive ticketing by the borough Parking Authority, and by real or perceived parking shortages. Competition from Pier Village in Long Branch and even downtown Asbury Park is siphoning off business.

And that’s just the out-of-towner trade. Then there are closings of retail stores and — less noticed — second- and third-floor businesses that supply a steady flow of weekly customers. A doubling of taxes last year after a revaluation has added to the burdens of premium-priced leases.

“You know what it is? It’s the two-, four-, six-person offices,” says Gary Sable, who owns That Hot Dog Place off Monmouth Street. “It’s the parking, it’s the rents. They’re moving out to Tinton Falls, moving out to Wall Township.”

As Zebu Forno owner Andrew Gennusa sees it, the problem is a borough administration that is indifferent to the impacts that soaring taxes and picayune code enforcement have on downtown businesses. “They have a heavy hand in this town,” Gennusa tells redbankgreen.

Conditions, in other words, are widely thought to be less than ideal for businesses that require big capital investments and daily purchases of large amounts of perishable inventory.

So roughly a dozen owners of restaurants, delis and takeout businesses from throughout Red Bank — not just the downtown — have decided to put their heads together to see what they might do collectively for themselves.

At this point, it’s little more than a concept, but they think they may have gotten the ball rolling on forming a restaurant association, an organization that will cater (pardon) specifically to their needs.

“Restaurants bring a lot of business into this town,” says George Lyristis, who owns The Bistro at Red Bank on Broad Street with his brothers Charlie and Tasso. “But we don’t have a voice.”

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TELLER SPEAKETH, AND IT’S A BLOODY MESS

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By TOM CHESEK

It’s the local, live-theater equivalent of a blockbuster movie opening.

Illuminated by star power, ablaze with spectacular stage effects and drenched with enough hemoglobin to drown the lamps of Transylvania, “Macbeth” is coming to Red Bank. Shakespeare’s 400-year-old tragedy of murderous ambition, maddening guilt and most uncool karma begins a month-plus engagement at the thoroughly modern Two River Theater next week.


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The star power, of course, belongs to Teller — the “quieter, smaller” half of the iconically subversive Penn & Teller magic act. He co-directs the show with the Two River Theater Company’s boy-wonder artistic director Aaron Posner.

Famously a man of few public words (though he did deliver a brief monologue in the cult flick “Penn & Teller Get Killed“), Teller is passionately eloquent when it comes to the macabre “Macbeth.”

Calling this week from his digs in Las Vegas, where he’s continued his lucrative gig at the Rio in between labor-of-love redeye jaunts to Jersey, Teller tells redbankgreen that “Macbeth” is “Shakespeare’s weirdest-ass creation… a bold choice, but a risk worth taking.”

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BUSTED HYDRANT SHUTS MONMOUTH STREET

Img_1885A pump-out hose clears water from a hole where a hydrant stood on Monmouth Street.

Water service was shut off and Monmouth Street was closed to vehicle traffic this afternoon after a water line burst during the replacement of a fire hyrdrant, Red Bank officials said.

The disruption halted traffic between Broad Street and Drummond Place and affected several dozen businesses, including a gaggle of hair salons. All were warned shortly after the noon pipe break that water service would be shut down for several hours this afternoon, and a number of them opted to close for the day.

“That was my biggest concern,” Public Works Director Gary Watson told redbankgreen. “The hair.” He said he imagined someone in mid-dye job finding herself stuck waiting for a rinse.

As of about 4:20p, replacement parts had been brought in and repair work was ahead of schedule, Watson said.

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HOVNANIAN: NOT YET THAT SUNK

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Today’s Star-Ledger takes a look at the “dismal” year that Red Bank-based Hovnanian Enterprises has had. And the coming year doesn’t look at lot brighter.

But to make that point, the page-one story kicks off with an an anecdote that appears to confuse, or perhaps conflate, members of the Hovnanian family:

The Hovnanians have been building homes in New Jersey for almost a half-century, but the measure of their success was never more indelibly stamped than in a 1992 mishap, when the family’s 123-foot yacht sank off Cape May.

Outfitted with teak paneling, gold-plated fixtures and other luxuries, the $10 million sport-fishing boat seemed more worthy of an oil sheik than crafters of humble condos.

In the years since, Hovnanian Enterprises has grown into the nation’s sixth-largest homebuilder, snapping up smaller businesses and expanding into a total of 19 states. Riding the great housing boom of the past decade, the company built developments as fast as it could, with homebuyers queuing up overnight to sign sales contracts like groupies camping out for Hannah Montana tickets.

The credit crunch and a glut of unsold homes has put an end to those glory days, however. And this time, it’s the Red Bank company itself that’s taking on water.

But the yacht belonged to Hirair Hovnanian, a brother of the man who founded and controlled Hovnanian Enterprises.

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TWO EATERIES MAKE SLEDGER TOP 10 LIST

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Two local restaurants — Thyme Square, on Broad Street, and Nicholas, on Route 35 in Middletown — are included in the ‘ten best’ list of those visited this year by Star-Ledger reviewer Art Namendorf, who goes by the nom de blog The Artful Diner.

“There is absolutely no question in my mind that Nicholas is the most superlative dining experience the Garden State has to offer,” Namendorf gushes from the get-go in his entry on that eatery.

Before he’s done, he’s also waxed on about “the electrifying interplay between cinnamon jus and tincture of quince that accompanies the incredibly moist braised suckling pig.”

As for Thyme Square, Namendorf begins:

Even in a restaurant rich community like Red Bank, there is always room for an establishment that serves up first-rate, casually creative cuisine at reasonable prices. And this is surely the case with Rona & Steve Rosenstein’s Thyme Square. Chef James Corona, the power behind the stove, cooks up an appetizing array of superb bistro fare with Mediterranean flair that is decidedly innovative but still manages to maintain a comfortingly homey touch.

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IN TOWN | IN NOVEMBER: WEEK THREE

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Ted Jeremenko is a visual artist whose work exudes a meticulous craftsmanship.

Ditto for Nick Berger.

Both ponder people-free American landscapes that evoke a sense of something lost, or quickly vanishing, to the great detriment of our culture. Both are infatuated with color.

Yet their paintings could hardly be less alike. Berger’s are breathtakingly naturalistic, with an affinity for the fading light of day. Jeremenko’s are idealized renderings of perfectly geometrical houses and lighthouses in proximity to, but never really overlooking, large bodies of water.

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COUNCIL TO CLUBS: ‘SHUT IT’

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Once a month at Teak, after the diners have finished their Asian-fusion sushi, a merengue band sets up in the front room and the place explodes with sounds from south of the border.

In fine weather, the large windows on three sides of the room are thrown open, turning the place into a throbbing lanai on Monmouth Street as salsa dancers spill out into the parking lot.

Well, it may be the dead of summer, but it’s time to button up, borough officials say.

The borough council is dialing up a campaign against nighttime noise with a proposal that would force clubs and restaurants to shut their doors and windows after 11p when they’re playing music, whether live or recorded.

“As more and more places go to big open windows — which is lovely — the noise is becoming more intolerable for the neighbors of those establishments,” says Councilwoman Grace Cangemi.

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ARMED MAN SURRENDERS AFTER STANDOFF

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A three-hour standoff between Middletown police and a shotgun-holding man in a pickup truck ended peacefully last night, the Asbury Park Press reports today.

The tense episode, which triggered police backups from Holmdel and Belmar, centered on a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Danemar Drive home, in the northern Fairview section, where the apparently despondent man resided. His name does not appear in the Press account, nor does the exact address of the house. The Star-Ledger says the police did not release his name.

The Ledger also reports that one shot was fired early on in the standoff; the Press account online has no mention of this.

From the Press:

[Next-door neighbor Cathy] Lynch said she was inside her home when she noticed that her neighbor’s truck had been sitting in the driveway for some time with the ignition on. She thought he was having a medical issue, so she went outside to offer help.

But when she approached his vehicle, she saw a gun sitting on his lap.

“I wasn’t even thinking about the gun, I just kept saying “Don’t do it. Don’t do it,’ ” she recalled Tuesday around 9 p.m. while standing on the corner of Danemar Drive and Chapel Hill Road. She was waiting to go back to her home, which she had left unlocked with a steak on the grill. “I told him to shut the car off and get out. But he just told me to go back in the house.”

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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For the first ‘Where’ of Spring 2007, we present what could be the final snow scene for the next nine or ten months. Yes, we know how broken up you are about this. Us, too.

But the cold hasn’t kept you indoors so much that you don’t know where this shot was taken. Are we right? Email us your ‘Where’ answers, please.

Now, turning to last week’s photo, which obviously showed a cityscape reflected by glass doors…

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RIVERCENTER PHASE II OK’D

Red Bank officials last night officially added dozens of West Side businesses to the roster of the 16-year-old Special Improvement District, an entity widely credited with having sparked a renaissance of the once-ailing downtown.

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The expansion of the district, which is managed by the non-profit Red Bank RiverCenter, attracted more acute opposition last night than a presentation on the issue did in November. But the endorsements of the plan were at least as emphatic as they were three months ago.

“We desperately need it on our side of town,” said Danny Murphy, owner of Danny’s Steakhouse on Bridge Avenue. “It’s time for our side of town to become one with the rest of the town.” (Click map on right to view larger image.)

The expansion, approved by a 5-1 vote, with Councilman John Curley casting the lone “no” vote, marks a partial vindication of business owners and public officials who approved a townwide SID in 1991, only to have that plan successfully challenged in court, leading to its curtailment.

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ENTREE NEW

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The Asbury Park Press has published a cookbook produced by its staff that features “signature recipes” of entrees made by chefs at 40 Monmouth and Ocean county restaurants.

Three Red Bank restaurants are featured in the book, titled “Shore Gourmet.”

According to a recent item in the Press, the cookbook…

offers sumptuous dishes ranging from butter-poached lobster to wild boar to seafood and pasta in a white wine sauce. Featured restaurants include Nicholas in Middletown, Doris and Ed’s in Highlands, David Burke Fromagerie in Rumson and Villa Vittoria in Brick.

Each chef-prepared recipe is highlighted by glossy photographs of the finished dish and a description of the restaurant.

We haven’t seen it. But we thought our readers might like to know which restaurants from the area we call The Green (and slightly beyond) are represented in the book.

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AND NO, DESSERT ISN’T INCLUDED

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If a $50 bag of groceries gives you sticker shock, wait until you hear what Bonnie Lane Webber says about the actual cost of raising and transporting the food that ends up in your refrigerator every few days.

The way the part-time Rumson resident sees it, if the “hidden” costs of pesticide and herbicide impacts, soil decimation and ozone depletion weren’t dispersed across society—or deferred to future generations—you’d be ringing up charges totaling thousands of dollars every time you visited the supermarket.

That pound of steak you pay $10 for now? That would cost you $815. The tomato on your salad? Well, if it’s not of local origin, that little baby not only won’t taste as good as a Jersey, but it might cost $374. A typical load of groceries could set you back $32,000.

Try using your FoodTown bonus points to trim that bill.

Webber acknowledges that there’s a lot of “poetic license” in the figures, which aren’t derived from any particular study. But they’re meant to get consumers thinking beyond the health issues that usually frame the debate over modern versus organic farming techniques, and to focus attention on the pocketbook as well.

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