West End Station Doomed?

12/20/2010 Update:

West End Station appears doomed

Hoboken411 found out yesterday from a former employee of the West End Station that doom was imminent for the new bar & restaurant located at the SkyClub (700 First Street.) They said that customer traffic was painfully low – despite the delicious food and good name of Anthony Pino – who also owns two other well-received restaurants in Hoboken (Anthony David’s and Bin 14).

An email sent yesterday to Pino went unanswered. Was looking for more information about the circumstances.

Angry Neighbors?

Additionally, it seems that some folks who live in the SkyClub condominium building were not too happy with having a restaurant there – despite the full knowledge that it was licensed for that type of commercial business when they bought their property. They started a blog that complained about the customers that stood outside and talked.

Economy? Bad Location? Horrible Neighbors? Whatever the case – it may be proof that the “West Side” of Hoboken may not be good business – (Take note Melting Pot and Tilted Kilt!)

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West End Station at SkyClub to open August 2010

7/28/2010 Update:

The licenses are in place, and the final touches are being put on the West End Station Bar & Restaurant at SkyClub building (700 First Street) in Hoboken.

This will be Chef Anthony Pino’s third restaurant venture besides The Dining Room at Anthony David’s and Bin 14.

Pending any of the (most typical) Hoboken delays, the restaurant hopes to welcome customers sometime in mid-August.

Take a browse around and see the current progress in the photo gallery below!

Anthony Pino brings new restaurant to Skyclub

4/9/2010:

Got word that Hoboken Restaurateur Anthony Pino of Bin 14 and Anthony David’s fame – is constructing a new bar / restaurant at the Sky Club (700 First Street).

I stopped by yesterday for a quick look at the most exciting thing to happen in SW Hoboken in a long time (especially with the lack of parks and constant flooding).

Seems like a pretty big place with a nice bar layout. Asked a few workers on scene what they knew – and the one guy that spoke English said that he thinks the place will be called West End Station and that they said it’ll open by “May 10th” (he then mumbled “I doubt that’ll happen.”)

Whenever they open – it’ll be interesting to see what they have to offer – and how enjoying a few cocktails while watching the NJ Light Rail pass by will feel. A couple people I spoke with are certain that the food will be terrific.

Description: Bar & Restaurant
Address: 700 First Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Web: www.weshoboken.com
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22 Comments on "West End Station Doomed?"


willowres
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willowres
5 years 8 months ago

The residents sound like a bunch of complainers, glad I don’t live there. The thought of having to whisper in my own apartment in the evening and having to walk 10 blocks to get a drink or meal (because the last place pulled out) is not appealing.

Could it be that the closing of this place has harmed property prices there rather than increase them…?

beermeagain
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beermeagain
5 years 1 month ago

Any word about the replacement for west end? Looks like Sammy’s Roadhouse is opening soon.[quote comment=”201597″]The residents sound like a bunch of complainers, glad I don’t live there. The thought of having to whisper in my own apartment in the evening and having to walk 10 blocks to get a drink or meal (because the last place pulled out) is not appealing.Could it be that the closing of this place has harmed property prices there rather than increase them…?[/quote]

divetrash
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divetrash
5 years 9 months ago

I do believe you can remove the ? from Doomed? They are done. They have cancelled their New Years Eve event.

beermeagain
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beermeagain
5 years 9 months ago

I don’t understand their business model. There was absolutely no indication about when it would open. I walk by every day and suddenly one day it’s open. But the signage is minimal and facing the wrong direction. I went a few times, had no problems with food, quality or portion. They offered some good stuff. But they probably tried too hard to be “high end” without actually being high end. People were just getting used to having that as an option after half a decade of hearing something would eventually be there.

As of last night the computer monitor/cash register was still on, and the bar itself appeared to be stocked and was lit up. Maybe they can replace it with something that doesn’t try so hard to look like it’s not trying hard.

MF
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5 years 9 months ago
the bad neighbors mention is disgraceful given that it is based on someone not “on the ground” there. as #16 mentioned, if you had some douchebag who just had 14 beers stumbling loudly outside at 2am, most reasonable people would have a problem with that regardless of where they live, and whether they are children or adults, too. and as also pointed out by same person, this is another cookie-cutter place that wants to try to be both a bar and a restaurant – excelling at neither. hoboken already has 712 of those, approximately. as a resident, i tried it once, and while it’s very nice inside and more on the upscale tip, there are just fundamental problems that really disappointed me. number one by far is portion size of food, which is portioned for european models. the other thing that one may want to take into account before spouting off uninformed opinions is that not only was it perceived that this might be a TRUE restaurant, but also the LENGTH of time that people dragged their feet in getting this thing off the ground. only mother theresa would not become cynical in having that political party line-type talk of a restaurant dangling in front of them like a carrot for years and years and years. it’s too bad. it’s a great resource, if done right. maybe they should change their tune based on what people are saying here: make it more of a restaurant and feed people normal portions.
prag
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5 years 9 months ago

That part of town NEEDs restaurants and bars too. They just need to be good neighbors and be respectful. I walk past WES on the way to the light rail occasionally and I have seen loud crowds of smokers a few times. If it was outside your windows I doubt many would have the composure to say, “well I guess that’s what I get for living in the city.” Also, the area isn’t that bad. I walk it often. There’s no need to have the WES clientele talking up spots in the building. The reason to live in Hoboken is to Walk to everything. If you’re coming from out of town then there are plenty of other places to go where you CAN park.

It’s too bad to lose an option on the west side though.

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