Patti Siciliano decided a change was in order.
The owner of the former Funk and Standard ditched her prime, streetside location, and clothing and kitsch retail in the process, in favor of an understated and below sidewalk level cafe. It's taken months to come to fruition, about two more than Siciliano expected, but the Good is here at last.
Yummy Good is a juice and vegan cafe offering a variety of healthy, but delicious, food options from soups and salads to smoothies and pastries. Located at 7 Broad Street in an underground space Siciliano has spent months renovating, the cafe is a departure from her retail past and the first step toward her future.
"I wanted to keep doing business in Red Bank," Sicilano said of her decision to move away from retail. "I could have kept running on that treadmill for 25 years, retired with nothing. I guess that's success in some ways, just sustaining something, but I wanted more."
More is the expansion of the juice and snack bar Siciliano introduced to Funk some time ago. With mega-retailers like Urban Outfitters and H&M providing a similar clothing lineup, Sicilano determined the best move was expanding eats. And while retail might not be lost forever - Siciliano said there is some space in her new location for retail sales - it's no longer the focus. Instead, it's all about the food. Food that tastes good and is good for you.
The cafe opened this weekend, inviting guests to try the Good.
"There's nothing better than feeding someone nourishment," she said.
In Yummy Good Siciliano sees potential. Vegan is still a scary word for many, she said, but she's hoping her new cafe can dispel the unfounded worries of those who see veganism as a flavorless existence. It's easy to change minds, Siciliano said, all they need is a taste.
Yummy Good is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.