RENT SPAT FORCES ZEBU MOVE

zebu-091311The popular coffee house closed its doors Sunday night, and plans to move three doors north, to 12 Broad Street, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

12-broad-091311Zebu Forno, one of Red Bank’s most prominent see-and-be-seen eateries, locked its doors and papered over its windows this week after a long-running rent dispute.

But the coffee urns and pizza ovens won’t stay cold permanently. Owner Andrew Gennusa tells redbankgreen he’s signed to take over storefront space just three doors away, in the former Broad National Bank building at 12 Broad Street.

Pending approval of a variance for a conversion to a food use, Gennusa said the new shop could be ready in six to eight weeks.

“We’re coming back,” said a smiling Gennusa, as he and operations manager Ryan Timmons were busy breaking down equipment in the darkened space at 20 Broad. “It’s an opportunity to rebirth the business.”

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