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September 28, 2012

Washington Street Shuffle – Recent Changes to the Hoboken Retail Street-scape

Here are some recent changes additions and subtractions to Washington Street in Hoboken that TheBoken.com has recently observed. Please note that this is not complete and feel free to send any tips to theboken@gmail.com about any changes in businesses going on in the Mile Square.

Urban Nesters Gets Signage- Urban Nesters, a store located at 706 Washington Street that sells home furnishings and decor, custom furniture and re-purposed antiques recently got their signage and exterior lighting installed. They opened up earlier this year and business was brisk before they got their signage. Now people will know the brand name behind artfully executed custom furniture at reasonable prices and so much more.

Muscle Maker Grill Opens at 217 Washington Street- This chain offers healthy meals for those on the go but it is not fast food and is made to order. They deliver as well and the delivery fee is $1.50.

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Exterior #1

Chipotle Grill to come to 229 Washington Street soon-  This Mexican fast food eatery chain founded in 1993 emphasizes sustainability and better food practices such as naturally raised chicken, pork and beef and was and early adopter the elimination of  trans fats. Now they will be in Hoboken soon.

Chipotle Grill Hoboken

Red Mango is set to join the Hoboken Fro-Yo craze- Red Mango a well regarded frozen yogurt chain will throw its hat in the ring in Hoboken with a bunch of ice cream and frozen yogurt shops already established. The location is at 213 Washington Street and the construction has been going on for a while.

Red Mango Hoboken

Famous Pizza replaces Pome Frittes at 207 Washington Street- They were initially set to be Famous Artichoke Pizza but it turns out that name was already taken in NYC. Now that that Trademark dispute seems to be settled they will make a go of it at this location. And yes, they serve artichoke pizza as well as the standard pizza fare.

Famous Pizza Hoboken

Ricky’s Popup Halloween Store Opens Again for Fall Season- Located at 222 Washington Street, this is one of two stores that will allow most people to pick up just about anything they need to make a

Ricky's Halloween Popup Store

Maoz Vegetarian at 315 Washington Street Papered Up- This vegetarian shop is either under renovation or closed. Stay tuned to see what happens with this location.

Maoz Hoboken Closed or Not

UPS Store coming to Hoboken at 330 Washington Street- We already have a FedEx store so why not a UPS store? This should be a fairly convenient location for many in Hoboken who send out a lot of packages and would prefer to ship out in a store.

UPS Store Hoboken

Sprint store at 416 Washington Street has been open for a while - The major players are AT&T, Verizon, and T Mobile but Sprint is still sticking around hoping to capture some of the high end cell phone market in this affluent city.

Sprint Store Hoboken

Spirit Halloween Popup Store Opening Soon (or Open)- Spirit is a Halloween Popup store located at the former Blockbuster Store at 420 Washington Street location. They have some pretty cool costumes as well as animation gadgets for the home that are downright ghoulish. You know it is Fall when these stores hit Hoboken.

Spirit Popup Store Hoboken 2012 Hiring

Adios Sol Caibe, Hola Sabores!- Sol Caribe closed its doors at 518 Washington Street and is now open as Sabores and under new management. This location has unfortunately seen a lot of turnover over recent years and for once we hope that a concept pans out and has a good run.

Sabores Hoboken

Lana Santorelli Gallery- This Art Gallery at 628 Washington Street stated packing up last week and has moved. When we get the location we will let you know. The high rent of Washington Street could have been a factor.

Lana Santorelli Gallery for Rent

Ibby’s location at 614 Washington Street still up for rent- As of yet no takers after this falafel place failed to compete with Mamoun’s which has done well since it opened up down the street.

Ibby's Hoboken Closed

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Muscle Maker Grill Open for Business In Hoboken! Offers Healthy Food Choices

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Exterior #1

Muscle Maker Grill (www.musclemakergrill.com) is now open for business in Hoboken at 217 Washington Street. The healthy food chain opened their doors for the first time yesterday and in amazing case of perfect timing TheBoken.com was their very first customer at their new Hoboken location. Muscle Maker Grill was founded in 1995 and franchised in 2007 by Rod Silva and currently has over 200 chains in the continental US with plans for international expansion.

TheBoken.com met with the franchise owner of this location Chris Acciardi and for him it is sort of a Hoboken homecoming as 3 of his 4 children were all born in Hoboken. The restaurant chain does emphasize healthy food in that they do not use deep fryers, and feature whole wheat bread, brown rice, zero carb signature sauce, low fat cheese and many other advantages over normal fast food options. While other businesses have not been successful long term at this location perhaps the quality of the food and its healthy profile will keep them coming back. Here is wishing Chris the best of luck on his new endeavor.

The company touts their healthy food with the following statement on their website:

Muscle Maker Grill Difference

Unlike many restaurants that make healthy claims, Muscle Maker Grill does not sacrifice taste to serve healthy options. We pride ourselves on creating healthier versions of your favorite foods that taste great, making it easy and enjoyable to eat healthy. In addition, we cater to all different types of healthy eating lifestyles.

Over the past 17 years, we have created a menu that satisfies everyone from vegetarians to the carb-free consumer to people following a gluten-free diet. We have created a friendly, relaxed, and social environment where people can enjoy great-tasting food, learn about healthy eating and engage with other customers.

TheBoken.com tried the Mexicana and a side of their Savory Spinach and found both dishes to be tasty and low in calories. For $3.99 I could have hoped for a little more on the portion for the Savory Spinach but overall the meal was filling. TheBoken.com will be back as the combination of good taste and healthy ingredients makes for a healthier diet.

Free T-shirt!

One lucky winner will get a free t-shirt given to TheBoken.com for a giveaway. The t-shirt size is large and the first 5 entries to theboken@gmail.com will be put in a drawing to have an equal chance to win the free t-shirt.

Muscle Maker Grill of Hoboken

Address: 217 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201.942.9MMG or 201.942.9661
Website: www.musclemakergrill.com
Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-11pm Thurs-Sat 11am-Open Late
Menu: Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Menu 2012

More photos are below:

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Interior #3

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Interior #2

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Mexicana

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Spinach

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April 25, 2012

Washington Street Shuffle – Muscle Maker Grill Replacing Little Market II Pizza Gourmet Deli

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken


Here is another update on the Washington Street Shuffle – the ever changing storefront landscape in Hoboken as one business replaces another on Hoboken’s main drag Washington Street. This healthy eatery shows some real promise conceptually. Muscle Maker Grill will be replacing Little Market II Pizza Gourmet Deli at 217 Washington soon. This store is one of over 200 franchises that serves healthy and grilled food. Their website is http://www.musclemakergrill.com/.

I think healthy and reasonably priced food is a trend that can work in Hoboken provided execution is done properly. Here is a summary from the restaurant’s about page:

“Muscle Maker Grill was founded in 1995 by Rod Silva with the goal of offering people a nutritious alternative to fast food restaurants. A fitness enthusiast since he was 18, Rod recognized a void in the marketplace for tasty, healthy options. While running a smoothie store he owned in Colonia, New Jersey, Rod would bring in dishes he prepared for lunch and dinner. Customers who smelled the delicious aroma of Rod’s meals asked about the food and Rod began cooking for regular customers, thus Muscle Maker Grill was born.

In response to customers’ requests to be part of the Muscle Maker Grill Nation, Rod decided to turn Muscle Make Grill into a franchise in 2007. Since then, Silva’s vision has helped make Muscle Maker Grill one of the hottest franchise concepts. Today, there are over 200 Muscle Maker Grill restaurants open or under development throughout the continental United States. With international locations on the horizon.”

Below is a sample Menu from their Bayonne location:

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