RED BANK: CHURN GALORE

red bank r barber 053116 1Marcos Ramirez shows customer Chris Hawkins his haircut at the newly opened Red Bank R Barber Shop on Shrewsbury Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that Playa Bowls needs variances to open. The plan has been approved and no variances were needed, according to borough officials.]

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallKicking off its second decade of covering the endless comings and goings of Red Bank merchants, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has the scoop on these churnings:

• The debut of  new dance studio

• One barber shop opens, and another relocates

• The departure of a “hippie shop” and plans by a tailor to replace it

• A fruit bowl business plans to open

• RiverCenter puts a bow on 2015

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RED BANK: SUBWAY ARRIVES FOUR YEARS LATE

rb subway 031716just_inFour and a half years after it won planning board approval, a Subway sandwich shop finally opened for business at 60 Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday morning.

The debut ends a saga that included years of inactivity, an eviction by the landlord and the signing of a second Subway franchisee. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: SUBWAY TO RETURN

subway 60 broad 031516Move-in-ready for years, the storefront will finally get a Subway shop, said the landlord. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThe Subway sandwich shop that never arrived is finally about to pull into Red Bank, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has learned.

Or, to be more precise, a Subway franchisee will replace the one evicted three months ago after failing to show up for more than four years, according to the landlord. Read More »

RED BANK: SUBWAY DEPARTS WITHOUT A STOP

b subway 091715 2The sandwich shop has sat ready for months, said the landlord. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallMore than four years after it was approved, a never-opened Subway sandwich shop has been evicted from its prospective home on Broad Street in Red Bank, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has learned.

The action puts a period, if not a satisfying answer, on one of the downtown’s persistent mysteries: whatever happened to the Subway?

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RED BANK: SUBWAY LATE, BUT WITH LEGROOM

rb subway 2 092413rb subway 1 092413Two years after it won planning board approval, a new Subway sandwich shop appears to be on track to completion at 60 Broad Street in Red Bank, with a design that calls for an unusual recessed outdoor seating area within the footprint of the building. The alcove was approved for tables with up to 14 seats, with another 14 inside.

There’s no immediate word on when the store will open, joining the week-old Red Bank Sub Shop with its own odd little outdoor seating setup – just around the corner on Monmouth Street, as well as other players in the downtown’s competitive restaurant market. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

FOR CONTRACTORS, AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY

Rcsm2_010508On a stroll through downtown Red Bank Thursday, redbankgreen found an unusual amount of renovation work underway.

Some of it, like the conversion of the former Ashes Cigar Bar at 33 Broad Street to a Char Steakhouse, above, has been proceeding for months. But other sites that have long appeared dormant now seem to have stirred back to life.

Click the Read More to take the photo tour yourself. Have we missed any? And do you see a common thread? (Click to enlarge)

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SUBWAY CAFÉ TO ROLL INTO RED BANK

subway-2The 28-seat sandwich shop will feature 14 seats of semi-enclosed dining where there’s now an alcove, at center above. Below, a concept drawing of a Subway Café, though not in the layout planned for Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

subway1Red Bank’s aversion to national fast-food outlets is about to get a new test, this time by the 35,473-store Subway chain.

A franchiser won approval from the borough planning board Monday night to build a 28-seat Subway at 60 Broad Street, in a long-vacant space between the Red Bank Nail Salon and Hip & Humble Home furnishings.

But in a town where McDonald’s, Cold Stone ice cream and others have failed, Subway plans to make it by changing up its usual approach.

Ojas Patel, who will build and own the shop, says this one will be a “café” version of Subway, one that’s now found only in three other locations nationwide: at the Pentagon, the Smithsonian museum and the University of Maryland.

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