El Quincho opens Monday in former Tauros Grill

Argentinian-style barbeque will be coming to Rahway with the opening of El Quincho Bar and Grill on Monday. Directly translated from Spanish, El Quincho means “The barbeque.”

El Quincho exteriorThe eatery, which took home Best Barbeque honors at The Taste of Rahway in April, will occupy a space at the corner of Monroe and Bond streets (map) that has been vacant since Tauros Tapas Grill left several years ago. Before the Spanish-Portuguese tapas restaurant, the place was known as Rio Cafe. The dining room seats about 55 in addition to a bar that seats about 30.

El Quincho signThe site at 285-289 Monroe St. (map). includes an adjacent residential property and is directly across the street from the 88-unit Meridia Grand, which opened in summer 2010. You might be surprised how quick a walk the location is from downtown, barely 10 minutes at a brisk pace.

What would you like to see in this space?

Now that Skaff’s Corner Pharmacy has vacated its longtime downtown storefront for greener pastures on St. Georges Avenue, it leaves vacant a prominent space at the corner of East Cherry and Main streets.

Skaffs view from MainSo, loyal readers, what would you like to see move into this space? It’s quite the key spot downtown with significant visibility on both East Cherry and Main streets. Keep in mind, it was home to a pharmacy for many years so there might be some limitations without serious renovations (such as Continue reading

Patria, D’Orsi’s win big at The Taste of Rahway

Patria and D’Orsi’s Bakery were the big winners at The Taste of Rahway on Friday night, winning three categories each. The winners in each category were as follows (in Rahway, unless otherwise noted):

30-Year PILOT could mean 50-percent tax break

UPDATED: City Council unanimously approved ordinance (O-9-14) by an 8-0 vote (with only Councilman At-large James Baker absent) on Monday night. There was no comment from the public or council members.

The Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) for a proposed 196-unit project downtown could mean a tax break of as much as 50 percent in the first year alone and some $17 million versus $34 million over the 30-year life of the program, if certain assumptions are made. City Council introduced the PILOT at its March meeting and is scheduled to to vote on the ordinance (O-9-14) at its meeting tonight at 7 p.m., along with the 2014 city budget and the $130,000 Special Improvement District (SID)/Rahway Arts Distrit (RAD) budget.

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2-3 months on Lafayette Village construction

Groundbreaking on Meridia Lafayette Village could be two to three months away as construction permits are in the process of being secured. By that timeline, construction could begin sometime after Memorial Day.

The view from Dock and Monroe.

The view from Dock and Monroe.

Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier briefed commissioners at the April 2 Redevelopment Agency meeting about a discussion with George Capodagli, principal of West New York-based Capodagli Property Company.

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Public hearing on budget slated for Monday

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the 2014 municipal budget during its meeting on Monday before giving final approval on the $51.8-million spending plan. The governing body is also scheduled to approve the Rahway Arts District‘s annual $130,000 budget, derived from the Special Improvement District (SID) tax.

billsThe 2014 budget, introduced by City Council at its March 10 meeting, projects an increase of $43 in municipal property taxes on the average property, assessed at $133,000.

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Meridia Water’s Edge begins leasing

Temporary Certificates of Occupancy (TCO) have been granted for the first two floors of Meridia Water’s Edge and the 108-unit complex has executed agreements with 15 tenants so far. Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier briefed commissioners at their April 2 meeting after speaking last week with developer George Capodagli of Capodagli Property Company.

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Metro Rahway tops out

Construction of Metro Rahway topped out this week with the addition of what looks to be the beginnings of the attic roof.

Metro Rahway.Apr2

Campbell Street and Elm Avenue

The five-story project along Campbell Street and West Cherry Street is expected to be completed later this year. Of the 116 units, 52 will be one-bedrooms and 62 will be two-bedrooms, situated above one level of parking. There will be 120 parking spaces, in addition to 18 on-street spaces.

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$300k contract for environmental services

The Redevelopment Agency last month awarded a nearly $300,000 contract for environmental consulting services related to the Dornoch II/Slokker redevelopment project at Lot B on Main Street.

Resolution 17-14 awarded a professional services contract of $297,000 to Warren-based Whitestone Associates for environmental consulting services relative to properties located on Block 318, which are part of the Slokker redevelopment project.

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Downtown pharmacy moves to St. Georges

Skaff’s CorSkaffs Pharmacy.old location from Cherryner Pharmacy is no longer on the corner of East Cherry and Main streets in downtown Rahway.

The local pharmacy moved out of its 90 E. Cherry St. location, planning to open today in a new space at St. George Shopping Center on St. Georges Avenue.

Gelber Associates last year built an approximately 2,800-square-foot Skaffs Pharmacy.new locationbuilding with two commercial spaces adjacent to its existing storefronts at the shopping center. A Subway franchise relocated from the corner of St. Georges and West Milton avenues into about 1,000 square feet on the west side of the new building and Skaff’s will occupy the remaining space.

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