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JUANITO’S MARKET GETS A GREEN LIGHT

juanitos-market-091311An expert testified that “close to 100 percent” of the store’s customers would arrive on foot, making a parking shortfall irrelevant. (Click to enlarge)

By MOLLY MULSHINE

Red Bank’s biggest bodega yet is on its way to Shrewsbury Avenue.

The borough’s zoning board approved Juan Torres’ application to bring a 5,310-square-foot grocery store to the area after a hearing on Thursday night.

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TINY BODEGA/RESTAURANT GETS BIG PLUG

lachaparrita_01If it seems that La Chaparrita on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank is getting more traffic these days, it could be proof of the power of the plug.

The tiny bodega was featured in Sunday’s New York Times. But not for its fresh fruit and Pinguinos packaged cupcakes.

Turns out the shop has a busy little kitchen turning out “fresh Mexican comfort food” that attracted writer Kelly Feeney’s attention.

Here’s a taste:

The taco platter is an order of three with a choice of chicken, beef or goat meat, among other options ($7). (Platters include a side of rice and beans.) The chicken burrito ($8) was surprisingly light, simply filled with marinated chicken tossed with fresh cilantro and onion; it is topped with a little cheese and comes with chili sauce on the side. The quesadilla al pastor containing spicy pork and pineapple is heftier ($8), as is the huarache, a deep-fried tortilla covered with chorizo, cheese, avocado, lettuce and tomato ($6; other fillings available).

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