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McLoone’s Pier House

McLoone’s Pier House almost ready in Hoboken

It doesn’t look ready from the outside, but apparently the work going on over at McLoone’s Pier House uptown at 13th & Shipyard – is just “final touches.”

Word on the street is that they could be open as early as this weekend. Remember, go easy on a restaurant when they first open!

McLoone's Pier House Hoboken NJ

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Bahama Mama’s

Bahama Mama Night Club Redux?

Back in the day when Hoboken was more of a bona fide nightlife “hot spot,” Bahama Mama’s used to be “poppin” every time we went there. This was, of course back in the 90′s – when there were truly “destination” bars that people would come visit from all over the state.

Over time, those hot spots kind of “averaged out” here in town. And for at least the past 10 years, “it wasn’t what it used to be” is the best way I can describe this once-upon-a-time staple of the mile square nightlife scene.

And now look at the place! Looks doomed from this angle – but word is that they might be going through a remodel (maybe with a new name?)

Bahama Mama's Hoboken NJ then now

Description: Night Club & Bar
Website: www.bahamamamasnj.com
Address: 215 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 217-1642

La Casetta Pizza – Hello?

WTF? Is La Casetta Pizza doomed too?

La Casetta Pizza doomed in Hoboken NJSome doomed businesses in Hoboken can be attributed to common reasons. Most often, it’s the parking psychosis in Hoboken, as well as other anti-business regulations that the block-heads at City Hall continually spew out that kill our local economy. They never get it. However, in the case of La Casetta Pizza – we’re not 100% sure.

We don’t know the details behind what’s happening at La Casetta Pizza, but they’ve been closed without saying why for nearly a week. Whether it was just plain bad management, or a money-laundering operation gone sour, or just a crackpot collection of dimwitted dopes. Surely the business-hating local politicians (you allow to stay in office) can contribute – but these guys were certainly fools on their own.

They ran a fairly good “promotion:” A plain pizza for $7.99. It was better than acceptable from what we heard. But they FUCKING SUCKED with customer service. Never answered the phone. Didn’t care if they sold any food. Delivery sometimes, other times no delivery. Completely inconsistent. Closed half the time, too. This is what happens when people who don’t know shit run your business. If they cared for ONE second that treating customers well is paramount in a service-based industry, they would be flourishing. Instead – they’re “mysteriously” closed with no explanation.

So – we’re not certain if they’re closed for good, on vacation or just dead in the back room – because there’s no sign. But Vegas odds-makers (who have a job until their dwindling water supply dries up), are putting their money on “Doomed Dopes” over all other picks.

La Casetta Pizza Hoboken NJ appears doomed CLOSED

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Romantic Depot Doomed

Romantic Depot Doomed in Hoboken, NJ

Romantic Depot Doomed Hoboken NJRomantic Depot is somewhat of a “chain” of erotic adult stores in the NYC tri-state area. A long-time Hoboken business, with sister locations in Paramus, as well as West Nyack and Elmsford, New York.

Well, the “anti-business” climate in Hoboken has claimed another victim. The Hoboken location is now essentially relocated in Lodi, NJ. (you get get 50% your fetish as a result).

This story was interesting – because besides the standard “doomed” headline – we could have had a lot of fun with an update like this. For instance:

  • “Dildo Depot Goes the Way of the Dodo”
  • “Romantic Depot – Gotta Go”
  • “Double-Doomed for Romantic Depot”
  • “Bad Business Fetish not a turn on for Romantic Depot in Hoboken”
  • “Not gonna cum again. Another biz goes limp in the mile square”
  • “Thinking of Don Zimmer with a strap on made us puke!”

I could go on. But oh well, the last pseudo “red light district” business in Hoboken goes down the tubes. Oh well. But perhaps it’s better because babies can choke to death on certain sex toys anyway. Chalk up another victory for the stroller contingent!

Romantic Depot Hoboken NJ doomed dildos

Description: Lingerie, Novelties, DVD’s, Videos
Website: romanticdepot.com
Address: 606 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 795-1212

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Three A’s Olde Bar & Grill

Three A’s going through whimsical renovation in Hoboken

Three-A's in Hoboken NJ renovatingI love Cosmo over at Three A’s Bar & Grill in Hoboken. Set in his ways, but kind, humble and old school. A bit stubborn at times too, but that is what makes his character compelling.

Anyway, last summer, we reported that they were “for sale.” Not necessarily looking to jettison out of dodge, but rather “in the market for offers.”

Regardless – they’re now in the process of “minor renovations,” which have closed the place since the beginning of July. They intended on opening on July 14th – but missed that date.

Now – in the window is a sign indicating that a big grand re-opening is coming this Wednesday, July 23rd: “Come join us when we reopen to mark 15 years all thanks to you!” Perhaps they didn’t want to miss out on the St. Ann’s traffic?

You see, what strikes me as funny are the layers of contradiction going on here at Three A’s.

  • For one – you have a big happy “grand reopening” announcement…. and at the same time, a
  • “For Sale” sign in the window, and…
  • Rickety window frames dropping off the building making “bwooop” popping sounds like a Hanna-Barbara cartoon from the 70′s.

These may be small details – but the “neighborhood” is talking… and the weight of a “renovation” isn’t all that – if your place shows signs of decay and is for sale. Fix it up, Cosmo!

Three A's Hoboken NJ renovations

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Hoboken Parking Warnings

Parking Warnings instead of boots – to become law

Here’s a note from NJ State Legislator Carmelo Garcia. Sounds like they used Hoboken411 as a source (“fill city coffers,” “draconian policies,” ring a bell, don’t they?)

Automatic Booting Policy Ceases in Hoboken

Change comes after Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia called on City “Officials” to end this unfair practice

Carmelo Garcia Parking Boot Legislation Hoboken NJHoboken—Assemblyman Carmelo G. Garcia (D-Hudson) calls the change in Hoboken’s booting policy a good first step. Instead of immediately booting a vehicle parked illegally, the Hoboken Parking Utility is giving drivers a ticket and a written notice stating they have 72 hours to move their car or face booting or towing. While this doesn’t eliminate the use of wheel clamps or boots, it does give the motorist more time to fix the problem. “An automatic boot is not only unfair it can leave a motorists stranded and gives them no time to correct the problem,” said Garcia. “This is a more humane way of dealing with motorists who park illegally, at least temporarily while my legislation addressing this issue works its way through the legislature.”

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Garcia, Declan O’Scanlon Jr. (R- Red Bank), and Michael Patrick Carroll (R- Morris Plains) prohibits municipalities from implementing ordinances that permit the booting of vehicles with no outstanding warrants. This bill will clear up any grey area in the current state statute. “For far too long motorists, even those with no outstanding warrants against their vehicle, were getting booted due to Hoboken’s draconian policy,” said Garcia. “This practice appears to be an attempt to fill city coffers. And booting a car doesn’t open up a space for another vehicle. This legislation will protect drivers and put a roadblock in the way of any town that attempts to authorize overly aggressive booting policies.”

Hoboken Parking Warnings – We’ll see how long this lasts

7/14/2014 Update:

Well – at least a handful of “examples” have been presented by the HPU recently – how they’re apparently giving a select “grace period” before booting and towing takes place. Hoboken Parking Warnings. Right-e-o!

A few of these warning notices were placed on cars near ShopRite this past weekend – IN ADDITION TO parking summonses (i.e., pickpocketing).

“Notice - This vehicle is illegally parked in a permit zone. If this matter is not resolved within 72 hours, this vehicle will be subject to booting and/or towing.”

My take on this matter? This is political showmanship. They’ll “be nice” for a brief period of time (to get some spineless douchebag intern at the local paper to publish “positive headlines” that show how “relaxed” Hoboken has become…) and then revert back to their evil ways in no time at all. It’s how it works around here. “Govern for headlines…”

Hoboken Parking Warning Notice 72 Hours