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World of Beer – Hoboken, NJ – 100 Sinatra Drive

World of Beer Hoboken NJ coming soon to 100 Sinatra Drive old Melting PotOkay, with The Melting Pot franchise closing this past weekend in Hoboken – most people want to know “what next?” Well, word on the street is that the renters of this space at 100 Sinatra Drive, after breaking their franchise contract with The Melting Pot, may enter into yet another franchise opportunity by opening up a World of Beer location.

In a city with dozens of locally-grown bars already – many whom serve unique micro-brews from NJ and beyond (as well as the typical Bud, Coors and Heineken), it makes you wonder if these owners are just franchise suckers?

I suppose the advantage with opening up a known franchise – is that you get a “head start” by being a well-established “brand.” Much in the same way the new owners of Maxwell’s are keeping the name.

However, in the case of a franchise – you’re hit the ground running – UPHILL. With franchise fees and/or commissions, etc. – there is little room for error, especially in a crowded playing field with high rents. But we do recall at some point that this location may have had some kind of favorable rent agreement.

While they do say that running a franchise (if you can afford getting started) is one of the most satisfying ways to make a living as a small business owner these days. But has that ship sailed? We hear groans of “shop local” and perhaps the tide turning against big businesses (franchise power or not). Maybe the return of “mom & pop” might be a good thing here in Hoboken.

Do you think a World of Beer would make a mark here in town? Perhaps for tourists? And do locals really support local businesses? Or just places that are easier on the wallet?

World of Beer Hoboken NJ 100 Sinatra Drive old Melting Pot

Description: Beer bar (franchise)
Address: 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Online: wobusa.com

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The Melting Pot Doomed

Melting Pot closes in Hoboken, NJ

After six and a half years – The Melting Pot at 1st & Sinatra in Hoboken closed this past weekend. No surprise, as the location was most typically sparsely occupied, and with prices that aren’t quite “in tune” with the current economic climate. “Fancy high end” in a “strip mall” like corporate retail setting – along with a wine selection with many bottles well over $100 may have contributed. Plus they didn’t quite do a good job of marketing to parents and kids.

But most Melting Pot locations are “franchisee” owned and operated. There are five other locations in New Jersey if you really feel like dipping your stick of meat or fish in a communal pot of fluid.

Melting Pot Doomed Hoboken NJ

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Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

Jimmy John’s coming to 96 Hudson St. in Hoboken, NJ

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches coming to 96 Hudson Street in Hoboken NJThis could be tremendous news for sandwich lovers in Hoboken – Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is coming to 96 Hudson Street in June. This is the former location of the doomed Energy Kitchen, who couldn’t survive dishing out 500 calorie war rations as meals.

One business in town which should be shivering in their pants – is Subway. Because Subway just sucks. Sad looking “pre-sliced” meats sitting out all day is just not a good business model anymore. They’ll have to go down to $2 foot-longs to keep customers, and even then they’d go out of business soon as well. So I’m leaning towards “Subway is doomed” (at least one of their two locations).

Anyway, Jimmy John’s is apparently one of the fastest growing franchises in the country, and fans rave about their sandwiches (and bread). This will be the first Jimmy John’s within 20 miles of Hoboken, and the seventh in New Jersey. Here’s a snippit about them:

“What makes Jimmy John’s different from the rest is that it’s honest, it’s damn good, it’s damn fast, at a decent price! Jimmy John’s definition of fresh is worlds apart from everyone else’s. Bread is baked in-house everyday and served fresh. Meat and veggies are sliced fresh in-house everyday. The turkey is real turkey, the roast beef is real roast beef – no additives, no vegetable-based fillers, no fake stuff. Nothing is delivered pre-sliced. Real Hellmann’s mayo, real Grey Poupon, real olive oil and red wine vinegar – it’s the best of the best.”

Now do you believe me that Subway will be “on the ropes?”

We’ll check back later this summer to see if they hold true on their promises…

Jimmy John's Hoboken NJ

Description: Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (chain – promising to “raise the level” when it comes to “commercial” fast food.)
Address: 96 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Online: jimmyjohns.comTwitterFacebook

Oh, and they have online ordering and “apps” to keep you thinking about food 24/7.

Jimmy John's Click Order Eat Hoboken NJ online apps

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Liberty Bar & Restaurant

Liberty Bar changes ownership in Hoboken, NJ

Here’s some “hospitality industry” news in Hoboken today. After many many years, Liberty Bar on 14th Street uptown has changed ownership. We’ll eventually close out this entry and create a new one once the new owners have had time to settle in, and make the desired changes to the establishment.

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Issyra Gallery

Issyra Gallery moves to Neumann Leather Building

The Issyra Gallery, a “true Hoboken African Art Gallery” used to be located in the “historically renovated” Jefferson Trust building over at 313 First Street. We never really saw much “foot traffic” at this place, and now they’ve moved to a location even more off the beaten path – a block south to the Neumann Leather building (300 Newark St.)

They’re apparently only open to the public only one day a month (3rd Sunday), and have hours “by appointment only” the rest of the time. Feel free to give them a shout if you want more info (201)459-0700.

In the meantime – what do you think should go into this palatial looking ground floor retail space? More importantly – who will be able to afford the rent? Let’s just hope it’s not another Realtor!

Jefferson Trust for rent Hoboken NJ formerly Issyra Gallery

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Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries

Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries – almost set to open in Hoboken

About a week or two left before Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries will grace Hoboken with their presence at 9th & Washington Streets.

Interesting that Boardwalk is making good strides to be as “local” as possible here in town. They’re partnering with Vito’s (Mutz) for one of their burgers, will accept “Duck Bills” from Stevens Institute, and also provide “healthy lunches” for the daycare next door (apple slices instead of fries.)

Good to know they’re already starting out on a positive note!

Description: Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries franchies. Locations in eight states, CA, FL, GA, MD, NJ, OR, TX and VA.
Address: 832 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 (former Bombay West spot).
Phone: TBD
Online: boardwalkfreshburgersandfries.comFacebookTwitter

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