The Broad Street Journal

Broad Street Journal

Broad Street, from Shrewsbury to Red Bank is a never-ending work in progress. Work is progressing slowly at Dunkin’ Donuts on Broad Street and Newman Springs Road in Shrewsbury. The area’s original coffee bar has been under construction for months now, but it looks as though it is nearing completion.

Commuters who liked to stop at Zebu Coffee over by the Red Bank train station will have to go to Broad Street. Zebu’s on Monmouth Street and Bridge Avenue is closed. There’s a sign on the door telling patrons that the bakery/coffee bar is moving to Broad Street on Jan. 1.

Michelle Paris is back at the Broadway Grill after leaving to complete her master’s in environmental science. She worked at the restaurant for five years before heading off for her master’s. According to her boss, John Copeland, Michelle came back to work for him because she missed working with people.

John says he’s very pleased to have her back. "Michelle has exceptional people skills and is an excellent manager," he says.

John has plans to open another restaurant out of town and wants her to manage it. Right now his restaurant chain includes the one here in Red Bank, Manasquan and Bradley Beach. He also owns the Backstage Deli on Monmouth Street.

John says his Red Bank restaurant has become so successful that he now employs 57 people and he needs to expand his space.

Funk & Standard was crowded on Sunday with teen-agers and families looking at, and hopefully purchasing, Halloween stuff and funny books with scary titles like I Killed June Cleaver and Unpleasant Ways to Die.

Naturalizer Shoes closed last month, but there are still a few items for sale in the window. There’s a love seat with a price tag of $199. There is also a lamp, a mirror and one of those shoe store footstools for $3. Some creative crafter could turn it in a planter or a pop art footstool.

American Body Wraps, owned by Ronald Hari, opened on Monday in the Treasure Island Plaza, 1059 Broad St., Shrewsbury. Hari says they offer herbal body wraps for $19.95. "You’re guaranteed to lose 6 to 30 inches," he says. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Please call (732) 380-1501.

The Sycamore, a Meridian assisted-living community located on Broad Street in Shrewsbury, hosted a grand-opening celebration last night to show off its 110 apartments with amenities like a library, cinema, spa, sunrooms, restaurant-style dining room. At present, there are approximately 16 residents living there with 12 new residents moving in over the next few weeks.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, call (732) 212-2600.

This week marks a change in the Broad Street Journal, bringing its focus to the businesses that line the main commercial artery through Red Bank and Shrewsbury. We look forward to working with these businesses and urge them to take part in the column by letting us know what’s going on in their stores and offices. If you have information you would like to see in the BSJ, call Linda DeNicola at (732) 345-7482, send an e-mail to hubeditor@ or a fax to (732) 345-7471.