Aug. 14--RED BANK -- The Rechnitz family is at it again.
As local philanthropists, the names of Joan and Robert Rechnitz remain permanently engraved on the projects that they helped finance, from Joan & Robert Rechnitz Hall at Monmouth University in West Long Branch to the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Conference and Education Center at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.
Perhaps most noteworthy, however, they founded Two River Theater in 1994, which today holds an iconic presence in Red Bank, where it settled in 2005 after its first two stops in West Long Branch and Manasquan. Now, their son, Adam Rechnitz, hopes to leave his own mark on the borough by opening his third brewpub just feet away from his parents' famous venue.
"I like the west side of town," said Rechnitz, a borough native who owns Triumph Brewing Co., which includes two other brewpubs, one of which opened in 2003 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, preceded by the other that opened in 1995 in Princeton. "I like being in the arts and antiques district, and sort of the funkier vibe on the west side of town."
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Rechnitz's newest brewpub will serve as the anchor tenant of the West Side Lofts, a five-story commercial and residential building already rising on a 2-acre construction site that forms a horseshoe around Danny's Grill & Wine Bar on Bridge Avenue off West Front Street. Outside, the building will feature a West Coast-inspired design. Inside, it will offer one- and two-bedroom finished lofts, two-story townhouses, three-story live/work apartments with private roof decks, and 25,000 square feet of retail space.
Construction on the brewpub will begin around mid-September with an anticipated opening date set for about June 2015. Between the brewery and restaurant, it will occupy 12,000 square feet on the first and second floors in the southwestern corner of the building. It also will create roughly a dozen full-time jobs and 60 to 80 part-time jobs, including a brewer's apprentice, head chef, restaurant managers, two or three sous-chefs and wait staff.
Many beer styles
"I've lost count (of) the number of different styles of beer that we've brewed over the years, but (it's) well in excess of 100," said Rechnitz, a brewer himself, who still needs to finalize his newest brewpub's beer prices. "We try to put an emphasis on a lot of German styles, a lot of German lagers, particularly pilsners. ... We'll have a bunch of English-style ales from India pale ales to porters and stouts."
Meanwhile, the full-service restaurant will serve lunch and dinner for as many as 180 diners at a time. Its prices will range from $10 for a burger to $35 for a steak. The menu also will include fish, salads and soups, among other items.
"We work with a fairly extensive list of local farms when they are producing," Rechnitz said. "We believe very strongly in supporting local economies (and) local farmers."
Rechnitz declined to reveal the brewpub's cost of construction.
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