NEWARK-The Washington Park/North Broad Street real estatedistrict has added an upscale eatery to its market amenities.Martini 494 Bistro, a restaurant and bar, has opened in the groundfloor retail space at 494 Broad St., a building that is fullyleased and anchored by the Genova, Burns & Giantomasi law firmthat vacated its Livingston, NJ headquarters for Newark in2008.

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The opening of Martini parallels the trend of suburbanbusinesses relocating to Newark; the new restaurant’s sibling isMartini Bistro & Bar in Millburn. Ted Stampoulos, managingpartner of both locations, recognized a demand for an elevateddining experience when he decided to create a Newark version ofMartini.

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“Converging trends quickly moved Martini in Newark from theconcept stage to reality,” he tells GlobeSt.com. “For one, thereare now more people on the north end of Downtown. Rutgers BusinessSchool has been open for one year. More companies are movingin because a city location better suits their needs than suburbanoffice parks.”

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To reflect Martini 494’s commitment to green practices, elementsfrom Newark’s past have been integrated into the design of therestaurant’s interior space. It features a bar and communal tableconstructed from yellow and white pine collected from demolitionsites throughout the city, such as 191 Market St., 35 Edison Placeand 17-19 Crawford St. In addition, the restaurant’s sustainableamenities include Energy Star-certified appliances and kitchenequipment and recycled glass bottles and jars for condiments andwater.

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“Just a few blocks away from the Rutgers Newark campus, theWashington Park/North Broad Street District has long offeredhigh-end office space, cultural assets via the Newark Museum andthe Newark Public Library, entertainment at the Bears and EaglesRiverfront Stadium and excellent transportation,” says Marc Berson,chairman of Fidelco Realty Group, the owner and developer of 494Broad St. and One Washington Park. “But the neighborhood has beenin need of restaurant offerings beyond the casual lunchdiner. With Martini, the area has taken another step to put iton par with any business district in the city.”

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The 125-seat, 4,000-square-foot Martini 494 features afull-service bar, a lounge area and a dining room in addition to acaf

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