Word on the {Washington} Street: Bluestone & Ultra Bar Opening, Luke’s Lobster Closing, and More Hoboken & Jersey City News

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Hellooooo April! It seems that we’re starting off the month with true April showers, but as long as it does indeed bring those flowers, we’re okay with it. Lots of exciting things happening around town this week – including a few new businesses opening up. We’ve got the rundown for you in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street: your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken. 

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Bluestone Lane Opening April 3rd

Favorite Australian-inspired NYC coffee shop Bluestone Lane will officially open their doors to their first NJ location at 409 Washington Street. The new location will have both indoor and outdoor seating and will offer specialty coffee as well as breakfast and lunch items. If it looks anything like the other adorable cafe’s and coffee shops featured on the brand’s Instagram account, we’re sure they’ll fit right in here in the Mile Square. Can’t wait to check this baby out.

Shaka Bowl Opening Second Location

This past week Shaka Bowl, who opened their first location in the Monroe Center last year, announced they plan to open a second location at 110 Washington Street. Their Hawaiian-inspired menu features pokè bowls and acaì bowls you can snag for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a anytime snack. No word on opening dates but we’ll keep you posted once we hear!

New Salon Coming to Washington Street

It looks like Washington Street has a new salon on the way at the former location of Sweet Nicholas located at 718 Washington Street. While the website and Facebook page of 718 Hoboken don’t have too many details, it seems it will be a hair and nail salon, and possible makeup as well? We’ll keep you posted when we have more info.

Luke’s Lobster Closing on Washington Street

Luke’s Lobster will close their brick and mortar location at 207 Washington Street in April.  Here’s a statement from their brand manager explaining the decision to close: “Due to a much greater level of excitement with our food trucks than our brick and mortar shack in New Jersey, we will be closing our Hoboken location in late April in order to focus efforts on our mobile fleet; Nauti Mobile, 2Nauti, and Luke’s Cart. For our New Jersey fans, we have some exciting developments in the works for summer 2017, in addition to our Nauti fleet at various events. Stay tuned, and we will be updating through our social media channels as more details come.” We’re sad to see them go but will look forward to lobster rolls on Pier 13 this summer! {Thanks to HG reader Lara Crohn for the news tip!}

Bomb Threat at All Saints School

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Hoboken’s All Saints School received a bomb threat this past week causing Hoboken police to evacuate the building. According to Hoboken Patch, the threat was received on Tuesday evening and police arrived at 5:19PM where they evacuated the students and staff. They then searched the area and found no threats. At that time, administrators were allowed back into the building. The investigation into the cause of the threat is ongoing.

City of Hoboken to Officially Introduce Plan for New Hotel

At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 5th, the City of Hoboken will introduce a redevelopment plan for Hoboken Post Office Rehabilitation Area. The plan includes a new hotel and improvements to waterfront access and connectivity. According to the plan, the parking lot behind the Post Office would house the new hotel and preserve the Post Office building as a landmark. Newark Street would be giving wider sidewalks and streetscape features to improve connectivity to the waterfront and would activate the block of Sinatra Drive between Newark Street and First Street. A statement from Mayor Zimmer thanked Council President Giattino for addressing her initial concerns and went on to say, “With the W Hotel often fully booked, there is a clear need for more hotel space for our families, friends, and everyone who visits Hoboken. This world-class hotel would improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to our waterfront, replace an eyesore with a vibrant, active streetscape with public amenities, and also provide much-needed meeting and event space for our community.” It is estimated that the plan would create more than 100 permanent jobs and generate over $1 million annually in real estate taxes in addition to hotel taxes on a site that is currently exempt from taxes. To see the full plan click here.

Hudson Ultra Bar Grand Opening

Yesterday, Hudson Ultra Bar celebrated their Grand Opening. The new sports bar and restaurant takes the place of the former sushi spot and nightclub, Teak. The space has undergone a complete renovation, including the removal of the restaurant-wide fish tank that sat behind the bar at Teak. The new menu features an American-style items including specialty salads, burgers, and starters. Be sure to stop in and check it out!

Jersey City Municipal Bathrooms Ordered to be Gender Neutral

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has already stood against President Trump and the current administration by declaring Jersey City to be a sanctuary city for refugees and he is continuing that trend. According to NJ.com, Mayor Fulop issued an executive order declaring that all municipal bathrooms will be gender neutral in support of the transgender community. In February, President Trump rescinded federal protection for transgender students that had been made by President Barack Obama. Mayor Fulop has continuously expressed his administration’s support for the LGBT community, and this executive order further demonstrates that.

Maxwell’s For Sale Again

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Legendary Hoboken music spot Maxwell’s is up for sale again, just three years after being purchased by Evan Dean and Pete Carr. According to Billboard.comthe restaurant and bar is listed for $1.3 million and its listing on BizBuySell.com says it includes the “33” plenary liquor license as well as a newly renovated kitchen and restaurant facility. Maxwell’s Tavern opened in 1978 and has been home to music performances from some of the top recording artists in the last four decades including Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Bruce Springsteen. In 2013 Justin Timberlake filled this spot to film a performance for Target. Here’s hoping whoever purchases the spot will keep the music alive in Hoboken.

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That’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email kate@hobokengirl.com to let us know.


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Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.