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.

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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