Iron Bar Owner Seeks Expansion

James Cavanaugh looking to extend liquor license into new business, in space formerly occupied by Zebu Forno.

Some metals expand more than others when in contact with heat and cold. The owners of , however, hope the town won't be cold to them and allow their less-than-one-year-old business–specifically its liquor license–the opportunity to expand into the space .

James Cavanaugh, owner of Iron Bar, seeks to extend its liquor license to a new establishment two doors down, which would become a Mexican restaurant. Cavanaugh, of Chester Township, also owns that business space.

Iron Bar's current space has a maximum allowable capacity for 800 people–200 on the main floor and 600 in the basement, which is expected to be opened this fall. But, though it's a new concept and not an expansion of Iron Bar, at least one resident has already expressed her displeasure with the idea. "I truly hope we do not get into a contest that this is a not a new location," 40 Park resident Christine Conti-Collins said. "You have an obligation to do what you promised the people."

That promise, she noted, stemmed from .

"I expect, not I hope, you to comply with the language you included," she said. That language, Conti-Collins read at Tuesday's council meeting, noted that denial had been in the "best interest," due to issues such as traffic and parking congestion, noise and public nuisance, including public urination.

Whatever obligation the Town Council–which acts as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission in Morristown–has, it will have to wait, as the application filed on Aug. 8 has not yet been completed.

Town Attorney Vij Pawar said Robert Williams, the attorney representing Cavanaugh and Iron Bar, was expected to submit notice of the proposal to area residents and to the Daily Record by Aug. 16 and 23, respectively.

A tentative ABC hearing date of Oct. 24 was set at the conclusion of the discussion Tuesday.

Correction: A previous version of the story indicated the proposal was an extension of Iron Bar, not a new restaurant using the same liquor license.

Lauren August 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I see no problem either! The Iron Bar expanding is a great idea.
Joe Scognamiglio August 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I think it's a great idea, more revenue for the town and will bring more business to other stores around that location. Plus the staff there is very nice!
Maria Cepeda August 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I dont see what the problem is either! More business=more revenue for the town.
Lauren August 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I have never had a bad time at iron bar. I loved the atmosphere and staff. Everyone was extremely accommodating to me. I think the bar is a great place to meet new people and an expansion is a perfect idea. The chosen capacity is a safe number for the amount of space they have. I think this will be the next hot spot of morristown and I can not wait. So "yay" to expansion!
Stefanie August 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I see no problem with the idea of expanding! Morristown green is a wonderful area filled with restaurants and other attractions, Iron Bar being one of them. The management and staff of Iron Bar are not only welcoming, but also friendly and accommodating, which leads each customer to have a gratifying experience upon each visit. Therefore, the idea of expanding will only benefit Morristown in the long run, offering yet another intriguing place to visit any night of the week! What's not to love?
Jeff Linzenbold August 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I agree with all the above...no problem here, especially with making the town more money, in return lowering taxes for residents!!!! who wants higher taxes???? NOT I
Marissa August 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM
No arguments here-I think expansion is a great idea!
CAvaWhat August 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Wow all new posters. All just minutes after each other. Thats funny. If this passes the council, Morristown is in bad hands.
Helen Yoo August 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Morristown is in nothing but good hands ^^^ that's why this will be passed :)
Matt S August 16, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I think it is a great idea to expand. Iron Bar is a delight!
Steve August 16, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I think its great! Capacity shouldn't be an issue, I went by the proposed space and its a seperate place and new concept. Somethings gona have to go in the space, so why not sommething new??!! I think everyone should at least hear the details before jumping the gun. Good luck to them.
Thomas Greenfield August 16, 2012 at 02:35 AM
business expansion is a very smart and strategic way to generate more revenue and attract a new cliental. It would be in the best interest of the bar and the town itself for the new addition. Therefore, I am all for the new idea!
Moira August 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Why do I get the feeling that every poster here is a friend of Cavanaugh or employee of Iron Bar? And how does one "expand" to a space two storefronts away?
DG August 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Wouldn't it be ice to have another type of establishment on South Street? A gourmet deli with a large salad bar and sandwiches? Something like Garden of Eden in NYC and South Orange. I too wondered how the fire department could allow such huge numbers, one can only imagine how claustrophobic it will feel once inside.
Dan August 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
hah weird that all these supportive comments came within minutes of each other, and so quickly after article posted. staff meeting at iron bar, with a few laptops? i can't imagine the 25 people who actually drink there are such active morristown patch readers.... anyway, who cares if they expand, it will just make them look more empty than they already are...
Ryan August 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Pretty funny how many nearly identical comments appeared in such rapid order. Nothing fishy there... Anyway, I'd rather not see the Iron Bar expand. I've been there once and it just didn't do it for me. Incredibly slow service and a really poor beer selection. With that being said, I'm not against it so long as proper procedures/rules are followed. Would love to see something a little different though. Perhaps a cuban spot with sangria or a tapas bar? A gastropub? Brewpub? I'm fine with the restaurant/bar concept but think the town needs something with more character.
Matt S August 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I was one of the people that posted "fast" and apparently "fishy".....I do not work for Iron Bar nor do I have any financial interest. I think it would be great for them to expand. It would be a great thing for Morristown.
Margret Brady August 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
It would be helpful if posters let us know if they reside in morristown and why they come here. Do they work here? Shop here? Live here? Drink here? Perhaps they do more than one thing her. I'd like to know.
Brittany Russo August 16, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I do not live in Morristown but I reside close by, I do not shop there, I do, however, eat and drink in Morristown, not only at Iron Bar, but other drinking and eating establishments as well. With the expansion of Morristown within the past couple of years, that has brought people from all over the state, it has not only given the town, shops, bars & restaurants more recognition, but it also has given Morris County as a whole recognition, so why bash it? If Sona 13's owners can operate 3 bars (Sona, Dark Horse & Tashmoo) all within probably 500 feet of each other I see absolutely no problem with Iron Bar expanding to another location 2 doors down (they'd be bringing in more of those hot bartenders too, if it’s even a bar!). What if Iron Bar weren't the owners, would this be a problem??
PeterB August 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
"Has anyone realized that Iron Bar will surround "CUPS"?, The most popular Frozen Yogurt place in Morristown! Do we really want our children subject to this?" Really?! Your kids will see and hear worst thing on tv. Trying being a parent and stop trying to blame a bar for inappropriate things your child may or may not see.
Steve B August 16, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I love the people talking about Iron Bar surrounding Cups, as if Cups is a perfect destination for the youth. It's not like 11pm is top froyo time anyway, which is when drunk idiots will be smoking outside of Iron Bar. Personally I'd much rather if Iron Bar went UP - I remember 18 months ago there was talk of a rooftop bar around there, that would actually make Iron Bar something special. To me, it's a douchey bar for those who aren't ready to graduate to full douche of Sona. Pathetic beer selection, marginal cocktails, and about to become the largest bar in town. And everyone wonders why, even though I live in town, I go out in NYC 3+ times a week. . .
John August 16, 2012 at 06:39 PM
How can anyone who purchased an overpriced crappy apartment in 40 park think there wasn't gonna be noise and drunk people walking around when there were already 5 bars on the block?
Steve B August 16, 2012 at 07:12 PM
@John - same thing is happening/happened in Belmar. People love the area, so buy 2-3 crappy houses that house drunk idiots, tear them down to make 1 mini-mansion, then get pissed when there are drunk idiots nearby.
Steve August 16, 2012 at 08:22 PM
This is too funny, did anyone by any chance complaining get there information and facts straight first lolol??!!??!! They are apparently putting a new place and concept in there, not an expansion of the Iron Bar! Same liquor license in 2 seperate places in 1 building. Just like the Roots Steakhouse and Urban Table did. Just like the Famished Frog did. I dont know why everyone is getting so riled up, good lord lol.
Steve August 16, 2012 at 08:47 PM
And as for the person talking bout CUPS and concern of children did she by any chance see that its called CUPs "Frozen Yogurt thats Hot" along with what the teenage employees wear in there! Maybe read the 10 things listed on the sign inside too that says some really suggestive things such as "2nd best thing in a cup" "size matters", "toppings optional" and "art of spooning"! Is she for real?!?!?!
HeyArnold August 17, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Thank you! Someone finally posting the truth. It is NOT "Iron Bar Expansion" It is simply the owners of the bar & building trying to open another business. It is not going to be another Iron Bar. Maybe people should pay attention to the bars that are actual problems such as Dark Horse allowing underage kinds in every single night. Everyone knows that's the easiest place to get into. A student got in wit a fake ID which showed that she was a completely different race. Iron Bar has not had a single problem with any of that nonsense. ID's are always checked. The staff is very friendly an respectful. As far as CUPS goes, the previous post is absolutely correct. Lets look at the facts instead of jumping to conclusions. As someone who lives in Morristown, shops, and eats here, I strongly feel that it will help to bring in diversity and money. @ Leanne (who has deleted her comment) The attire of the Iron Bar bartenders is not much different than any other bar in the area. The pants are a little different but who cares?! CUPS is not far off...... and MURDER at this owners last bar?! I'm sure he INTENDED for that to happen...... stop looking for reasons to make an honest business and it's owners suffer when they are trying to build something good for Morristown. This bar just opened a few months ago, give it some time to gain a reputation for itself before trying to tear it down
Motown Resident August 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Is the guy current with his property taxes yet? If he is, I'd rather see someone put in a viable business than see a vacant storefront. Look around the green, plenty of places to lease. Opening up a new business in Morristown is no slam dunk, ask Zebu. The local businesses complaining about the "bars" and "traffic" seem to be the owners of smaller retail shops that live in Morristownship and try to make blame there slow sales on the bar crowd instead of their antiquated 1970's slot-walled decorum popular in dollar stores. Perhaps if they put some investment into there establishments like the bars, they'd see enough success to expand as well. I agree with you Marge, I'm sick of these out of town business owners that feel Morristown is good enough to make money from the town, but not good enough to raise there families here. Which brings me back to the political posturing of the "urination ordinance". If this issue is such a problem, I welcome the hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines this will bring into the town coffers (4 times a weekend night x's $500 is $208k a year to Morristown). But if it's once a weekend, I'd feel better about our council focusing on other issues to the towns' well being and safety like the traffic problem out of TD Banknorth on South St. The "urination issue" was brought up recently up by (the ethically charged) former Mayor Jay Delaney representing residents on community place. Generally, if you follow the money, you'll find the source.
HeyArnold August 17, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Putting different stores instead of another bar will not solve the traffic. Morristown has always had traffic, I have lived here for YEARS! Putting any kind of establishment here will not make traffic better. And an empty bar in the dead of summer..... That's a hard concept to grasp, isn't it????? ALL of the bars are empty not just Iron Bar! People go DTS. I remember lines around the block for this bar when it was not in the dead of the summer months. And CHAINS in the windows. I am sorry but this is ridiculous. You are looking for petty reasons to give a negative association to the name in this bar. It is IRON bar.. Chains are made out of IRON. If you see chains and automatically think of "sex" then I don't know what kind of sex you are into. Allow the owners to put in a different establishment. Maybe they are planning to put something attractive there, ever think of that?
Joe August 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM
calm down heyarnold. get a life man
M. Russell August 17, 2012 at 08:00 PM
If it wasn't for the bars and restaurants in town, many storefronts and or buildings would still be vacant. The expansion is still within the same approved building as Iron Bar and will be operated by the same experienced management. Most likely a new concept will be introduced to attract more patrons not just here but to town in general. Face facts, retail will not save town, food and beverage will. Those that oppose this expansion are the ones hurting the town.


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