Two exciting changes gone on in the neighborhood.
The 1911 Smokehouse Barbeque has opened up on Front Street. Any Classics regulars who like good barbeque need to visit next time you are browsing the stacks. I recommend the barbeque garlic sauce, though they have eleven different sauces from which to choose. They also have the C Rock special (one rib and a sip of Coke for $1.49) which is hysterical. Plus, if the wind is blowing right, you can smell brisket in the smoker from the bookstore.
Maxine’s has new owners and is now called South Rio. The food is quite good and they did a great job on the interior. You should pop in and welcome them to the neighborhood as well.
Jaymin Barot, the new General Manager, has taken over at the Wyndham Hotel (1 West Lafayette). Drop in and wish him well!
Olugbala Sababu at the Big Easy (120 South Warren) began sidewalk service at lunch and dinner. He must be doing something right as lines are up the block at lunch.
Classics Books (4 West Lafayette) has had a little facelift in the Young Reader’s section.
The hotel across the street from the bookstore has its grand opening this week as a Wyndham! If you haven’t been inside the lobby it is very nice. Come down on a Friday night and take a look when you swing by the store.
Classics has begun to sell classic used games (Scrabble, Pictionary, Cranium, Mastermind, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Outburst, Jenga). Come spice up family game night without spending $60 a game.
New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra
Did you think that the Trenton Symphony had left the capital city? Not quite accurate. The New Jersey Capital Philharmonic will be performing its first concert at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial December 31st. To learn more about the New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra, please visit the web site at www.capitalphilharmonic.org
Humans of Trenton
Based on the fantastic Humans of New York, the Humans of Trenton is a living encyclopedia of the amazing people of the Capital City. Read about them here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/HumansOfTrenton
Thomasena’s at 241 E. Front St, near the DMV and City Hall. Soul southern food. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/ThomasenasTakeout
The City of Trenton fixed the sidewalks on Lafayette in front of Classics. Come on by with your scooter for a smooth ride!
Classics Books Hidden Trenton page is updated. Check out all the nice things people said about us! (some was deserved!) http://hiddentrenton.com/?p=14
Downtown Trenton has beautiful architecture. The picture below is the Masonic Temple right around the corner on Barracks. If you are visiting Classics o a Saturday afternoon, circle the block and take a look!
The Big Easy (around the corner on Warren Street) now delivers!
TD Bank (corner of Warren and State) has a summer reading program for kids. Read 10 books, get $10 in the kid’s bank account. Trenton kids: get the program flier AND FREE books at Classics (4 West Lafayette). Our Saturday hours are 11 to 4.
The Big Easy
The Big Easy (120 South Warren) has weekly specials, which you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/your.big.easy?fref=ts
The hotel across the street from Classics is now known as the Lafayette Yard. It was previously known as the Marriott.
Scrabble is not just for Fridays anymore! The fourth Saturday from every month, Classics (4 West Lafayette) will be hosting Scrabble from 2 to 6, if we get enough people. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Settimo Cielo Delivers
Hidden Trenton’s Best Restaurant in Trenton, Settimo Cielo, now delivers! BUT only if you are at Classics on a Friday night (6 pm to 10 pm)! It is great when a guy in a tuxedo shows up and gives the Scrabble club a little class.
Read the New York Times review of Settimo Cielo here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/14dinenj.html?_r=0
New Lunch Buffett
Chef Damon at the Archives Restaurant has a new lunch buffet with a resigned garden salad bar across the street from Classics (weekdays 12 noon to 2pm).
The windows of Classics old location on Warren Street is now papered over as if work is being done inside. Here’s hoping for a Michelle Lorrie’s cheesecake!
Photograph by Scott Miller