The transformation of the former Little Kraut restaurant has been underway for three years. Chef and ower Giovanni Boudour, below, in his new kitchen. (Photo by Robert Kern. Click to enlarge)
By ROBERT KERN
After nearly three years of planning and construction, Abdellah Giovanni Boudour says he looks forward to swapping a hard hat for his chefs toque when San Remo restaurant finally opens next month in Red Bank.
Since buying the building at the corner of Oakland Street and Bridge Avenue in 2010, Boudour has split his time between overseeing the renovations and running the kitchen at the San Remos current location, on Newman Springs Road in Shrewsbury.
During that time he dealt with zoning processes and building permits to renovate the site from what was the Oakbridge Tavern and, for decades before that, the Little Kraut into his dream of a casual restaurant offering fine dining at decent prices.