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RODS, REELS & BLUE WATER IN RED BANK

blue-water-seafoodTables are set for a possible Thursday night opening of Blue Water Seafood at 9 Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

On Red Bank’s Broad Street, a hustle job is in the works, while over on East Front, they’re fishing for new customers.

Blue Water Seafood Company owner Jimmy Vastardis is hauling it to get his new restaurant, at 9 Broad, open by this evening, he tells redbankgreen. But a boatload of last-minute must-dos from the borough fire inspector may mean the two-story, glass-fronted place won’t open until Friday night, Vastardis says.

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RISING FROM THE ASHES? WATCH THIS SPACE

jack-anderson-072110Landlord Jack Anderson says he’s gotten a number of proposals for the former Ashes space. (Click to enlarge)

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 Jack’s Music Shoppe, and he’s “motivated” to get a deal done ASAP.

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