NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is joining in a popular trend and getting a beer garden of sorts this spring when a new restaurant opens, filling a now-vacant location near the train station.
Redd's Biergarten will open at the foot of Easton Avenue, in the prime downtown site that was previously home to Brother Jimmy's BBQ.
It will be the third location for Redd's. The first Redd's bar and restaurant opened in Carlstadt, near MetLife Stadium in 2002, run by the Palsi family.
In 2016, brothers Doug and Dan Palsi, and their life-long friend Dan Pinto opened Redd's Biergarten in Newark, near the Prudential Center.
New Brunswick officials said the Easton Avenue location is expected to open this coming spring.
The Newark restaurant has an extensive beer menu including German brews as well as IPAs and local craft beers. There is also a wide foot selection of burgers, schnitzel, salads and other selections.
The location at 5 Easton Ave. is directly across from Rutgers University student housing and a block from the major downtown intersection of Easton Avenue and Somerset Street. It is adjacent to a parking deck operated by the city parking authority that also owns the building housing the restaurant.
Brother Jimmy's opened in the building in 2012 and had a 15-year lease with the parking authority. However, the revenues, while strong in the first few years, slowed in more recent years. In 2016 the city reduced the lease payment fees, but the restaurant was still unable to meet its costs.
Last May, Brother Jimmy's closed, still owing the city $83,000 in rent.