WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A RED LIGHT SANDWICH

072616redlight3The Big Tuna, one of only four sandwiches offered at Red Light Coffee and Espresso Bar. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

WFL what's for lunch? Seeking out a caffeine fix, PieHole stopped in at the Red Light Coffee and Espresso Bar in Lincroft’s Acme shopping center on Newman Springs Road.

On a strip that also houses Aleo’s Italian Specialties, this 10-month-old java joint is turning out more than the expected demitasse and cappuccino. The jewel-box-sized, ruby-walled 650-square-foot space is also serving up gourmet sandwiches.
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RED BANK: BAR PLANS DECK; CHAINS COMING

brannigan's 071915Branningan’s has filed plans to add a two-tiered deck to the parking lot side of its Wharf Avenue building. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallYes, it’s already time for another edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn. And once again, there’s news about Red Bank food and drink.

Right around the “read more” corner are details about big changes planned at Brannigan’s Bar & Grill, plus word of two national food chains hoping to get in on the head-spinning restaurantization of Red Bank: Jimmy John’s Deli and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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BUILDER FLOATS WEST SIDE STRIP MALL

crossonscornerAn architect’s concept for a shopping center at the corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank. The view is to the southwest. (Click to enlarge)

A Red Bank builder plans to go before the borough planning board next week seeking feedback on a project that’s still in the “concept” phase: a shopping center on Shrewsbury Avenue at Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

General contractor Russ Crosson requested the hearing, at which board members are expected to offer their concerns, but won’t hold an up-or-down vote, says planning office director Donna Smith Barr.

Crosson tells redbankgreen he’s trying to determine if it’s worth going ahead with a formal proposal.

“We’re going to put it in front of them,” says Crosson, whose office is in a house he recently gutted and restored on Wallace Street. “If they say no, I can massage some other ideas.”

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