Food critic Karla Cook, however, had some issues with the ventilation system and a door chime.
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 Jacks Music Shoppe, and he’s “motivated” to get a deal done ASAP.
By Dustin Racioppi
Red Bank’s comeback from the depths of the economic downturn may turn out to be based on an unexpected foundation: pizza.
In recent months, one large pizza restaurant has opened, a second one has committed to the downtown, and a third, smaller one is rumored to be coming.
Now, a fourth pizzeria appears about to take over a huge retail space in a white-elephant office, retail and parking complex on West Front Street. And this one could have a coveted liquor license.
Leonardo DiMaria, a co-owner a place to be called Pazzo’s Coal Fired Oven Restaurant, tells redbankgreen a sublease on some 4,900 square feet of space at Red Bank Corporate Plaza is “pretty much done. We should be signing the lease Tuesday or Wednesday.”