DOWNTOWN, THE YEAR CHURNS TO AN END

rb-dinerVacant since May, the former East Side Cafe is getting set to reopen as the Red Bank Diner. (Click to enlarge)

rcsm2_010508By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The last time redbankgreen published a rundown of Red Bank’s downtown economy, it was a rather dour picture sprinkled with a sense of optimism.

While clusters of storefronts worked better as mirrors than as shopping destinations, RiverCenter Executive Director Nancy Adams was bullish on the borough’s economy, saying the large number of vacancies in town could be parlayed into new, exciting ventures for businesses to infuse new blood into the heart of Red Bank.

Seems Adams had a bead on the future.

Nearly a dozen new businesses have either moved in or are set to open their doors in the next couple of months, Adams said.

“There’s stuff going on. It’s kind of nice,” she said.

Here’s what’s churning in Red Bank:

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TWO BROAD STREET BUSINESSES CLOSE

eside-cafe-050310Passersby peer through the window of the newly-closed East Side Café Diner Monday afternoon. Below, a sign taped to the door of the Häagen-Dazs. (Click to enlarge)

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A pair of longtime Red Bank food establishments failed to reopen Monday.

One was the East Side Cafe Diner at 179 Broad Street, next door to the Verizon building. A “Gone out of business” sign was hung on the door of the eatery.

Best known for breakfasts and lunches, it had tried introducing dinners a few years ago, but its booths remained unused at the supper hour.

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