The Godfather Coming to Highlands at Morristown Station
East Hanover restaurant first retail tenant at transit-oriented apartment building since opening in 2009.
After several years of silence, the retail floor of Highlands at Morristown Station is finally ready to be occupied.
The Godfather of East Hanover, a brick oven pizza and seafood restaurant located on Route 10, is expanding from that location founded in 1975 and moving into an area of Morristown that has quickly become a hotbed of new business.
Just recently, Panera Bread opened up next door in the Midtown Shopping Center, while across the street The Finishing Touch is putting the finishing touches on a new, expanded location, and right next to that a new performing center, called Dreams, is set to open next month. Just a walk down Morris Street, Fatty's, specializing in "fat" style sandwiches, is preparing for a pending opening, as well.
The owners of The Godfather recently signed a lease for more than 4,500 square feet of restaurant space at The Highlands at Morristown Station, located next to the Morristown Train Station. They will be the building's first business since opening to residents in fall 2009.
“The overall redevelopment of downtown Morristown that brought quality new housing and thousands of new residents has combined with a significant daytime workforce, active evening leisure crowd and mass public transportation system to create a much-improved retail climate that is resonating with the business community,” said Debra Tantleff, a vice president of development at Roseland Property Co., which collaborated with Woodmont Properties to develop and manage The Highlands at Morristown Station, 40 Park, The Metropolitan at 40 Park and Vail Mansion.
“The influx of new dining, boutique shops and convenience services complements the area’s existing retail fabric, resulting in a dynamic, pedestrian-friendly setting that epitomizes downtown, urban living.”
What a press release from Roseland dubs "a high-end liquor store" also is preparing to open next door to the restaurant. The two new businesses will occupy more than half of the street-level retail space at 10 Lafayette Ave.
Tantleff could not pin down a specific opening date, but said neither would be open at least until sometime next year.