RED BANK: CINNAMON SNAIL ROLLS TO A STOP

cinnamon snail 061514 2The Cinnamon Snail has been a fixture at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market in recent years. Below, chef Adam Sobel in his mobile kitchen. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

adam-sobelThe Cinnamon Snail, the nationally lauded vegan food truck that calls Red Bank home and is a top draw at the town’s Farmers’ Market, is putting it in park later this month.

Chef Adam Sobel announced in a recent Facebook post that the mobile restaurant, featuring a robust menu “designed to shatter the misconceptions” about vegan cuisine, has failed in repeated efforts to renew its permit to sell on the streets of New York City, its primary location, after it expires on February 28.

As a result, Sobel wrote, the curbside operation will close down at the end of the month, though it could be resurrected as a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

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BELIEVE IT: RUNA TO OPEN IN RED BANK

runa 082114 2At Runa: a quinoa croquette appetizer topped with avocado, heirloom tomato and aji amarillo pepper. Runa owner and chef Marita Lynn, below.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

marita lynn 082114The runway to Runa turned out to be long and bumpy, but Red Bank’s first Peruvian restaurant is finally about to open.

Really, definitely this time, says owner Marita Lynn.

The Monmouth Street eatery, which has been “coming soon” for two years, is set to soft-open by August 30, Lynn told redbankgreen Thursday, shortly after clearing one of her final inspections by the borough.

What took so long?

“I had the wrong perception of what it takes to open a restaurant,” Lynn said, standing in the brightly painted, 44-seat BYOB-er. She calls the interim “a great learning experience and a personal journey.”

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RED BANK: RUNA EYES SUMMER OPENING

runa 061914morsels mediumRuna, a proposed Peruvian restaurant on Monmouth Street in Red Bank that’s been “coming soon” for two years, will open this summer, owner-chef Marita Lynn writes in a new blog post.

“I got paralyzed by fear” after realizing that “cooking is not the same as running a business, and I didn’t have the full knowledge of opening and running a business,” Lynn writes at a site called called PlanDay, but the restaurant “is going to open this summer,” she says.

As reported by PieHole in May, Runa is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

RED BANK: KICKSTARTING PERUVIAN EATERY

marita lynn 062912Marita Lynn of Red Bank’s Runa is hoping a bit of help will finally get the doors to her Peruvian restaurant opened. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWe’ve been taunted by the tantalizing prospect of a Peruvian restaurant on Red Bank’s Monmouth Street for almost two years now.  Now, Runa owner Marita Lynn has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help her raise the money she needs to get over the last barriers to opening the doors.

In an Andean language of Peru, runa means “people.” Lynn tells PieHole that when she was in culinary school she dreamed of calling her restaurant Runa, because she enjoyed being around and cooking for people.

Now she’s depending on those people to help her get her doors opened. Lynn tells PieHole that she has simply run out of money.

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RED BANK: SNAIL GETS NEW SHELL

cinnamon snail 1 051213You can call it karma or just good fundraising, either way the Cinnamon Snail’s Kickstarter campaign for a new truck was a success for Red Bank’s Adam Sobel. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumLast week PieHole spoke with Red Bank’s viceroy of vegan cuisine, Adam Sobel, who was looking to raise $82,000 to help fund a new food truck through Kickstarter. Sobel explained to PieHole that without a second truck to vend his vegan victuals, much-needed repairs on his current truck could force the business to close up shop for up to a month.

With a few hours still left on the campaign’s clock, Sobel has passed his target and raised almost $85,000.

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RED BANK: A TEST OF THE SNAIL’S KARMA

cin-snail1The Cinnamon Snail food truck is asking for help on Kickstarter.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWith the Red Bank Farmer’s Market starting up in just over two weeks, Adam Sobel is asking for help to make sure he’ll be able to bring his highly touted vegan food truck, the Cinnamon Snail, back to the Galleria parking lot.

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