RED BANK: MEMBERS-ONLY CIGAR CLUB OK’D

22-24 w front 060116 2The club, called Le Malt, is to occupy the space previously leased to a gym, and will include a small retail cigar store accessible to the public through the front door. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02A few hundred well-heeled smokers may soon have a swank hangout in downtown Red Bank, following Thursday night’s zoning board approval of a private cigar and bring-your-own-booze club.

To be called Le Malt Club, it’ll be posh, exclusive and “absolutely” odor free to residents of the nine condos above the West Front Street storefront, let alone to passersby, according to testimony.

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RISING FROM THE ASHES? WATCH THIS SPACE

jack-anderson-072110Landlord Jack Anderson says he’s gotten a number of proposals for the former Ashes space. (Click to enlarge)

A collective groan was heard through downtown Red Bank earlier this month went a court-appointed official abruptly shut down Ashes Cigar Bar, a high-profile if controversial eatery and bar that served as a nightlife anchor for more than a decade.

Just what we need when the retail and restaurant sectors are struggling to claw back to profitability, store owners said: a honking big vacancy in a town with plenty of small and medium-sized ones. How will the building’s owner find a tenant to replace Ashes in this economy?

Well, landlord Jack Anderson doesn’t think the outlook is dire. He says he’s already got offers for the three-story building on his desk across the street at Jack’s Music Shoppe, and he’s “motivated” to get a deal done ASAP.

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