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New Italian Restaurant Coming to Elm Street

Owners of planned Fiore's Italian Restaurant anticipate opening Morristown's newest dining destination in a few months.

Nino Kabashi feels different when he is in Morristown.

The restaurateur has owned and operated restaurants in New Jersey for almost 15 years. However, when it has come to his time off, Kabashi often found himself in Morristown with his wife and children. 

So, when an opportunity to open a restaurant here materialized, Kabashi jumped at the chance.

The Planning Board approved Kabashi's Fiore's Italian Restaurant Thursday night. Only Planning Board member Joseph Kaine voted down the plan, citing parking issues, said Martin Newark, the attorney representing property owner 12 Elm Street LLC.

The 92-seat dining destination—68 inside, 24 outside—comes after that building had been approved with plans for retail on its first floor. However, "in the 10 years passed while it was being built and it's been up, no retail tenant materialized," Newmark said. "They concluded the location at the end of the Central Business District is where people don't tend to shop."

But, they do tend to eat. "He thinks like everyone else Morristown is a place to have a restaurant," Newark said of Kabashi.

A native of Albania who grew up in Milano, Italy, Kabashi moved to the United States in 1995. In 1998, he opened his first restaurant in Martinsville then moved on to Nino's on the River in Clinton in 2002.

Kabashi said his businesses have always been and will continue to be family affairs. He serves as head chef while his brother, John, handles the floor. "My wife and I cook," Nino Kabashi said. "We have a whole team working together."

Having grown up in Milano, "we're doing north Italian," Kabashi said. "Chicken, veal. The south is more Lasagna, Parmagiana."

Fiore's will comprise 4,400 square feet, with 1,700 square feet on the basement being utilized for bathrooms and storage. The 2,700 square foot main floor will feature an open kitchen, allowing diners to see the chefs at work.

Kabashi said he is full steam ahead with the project since his previous restaurant has been sold since October. He said he hopes to open sometime in the next couple months.

It cannot come any sooner. "I've always liked Morristown," he said. "It's a beautiful town. I feel different here."

Vivian Shields Phipps December 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I wish you good luck!
Poor Walsh Family December 04, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Amazing. This town is totally gone crazy. We allow a restaurant to go this close to residential. However, the Walsh family gets rejected for a bowling alley restaurant that they were zoned for that is next to the parking garage. Who is guiding this ship?
Maria December 04, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Dougherty is. He hates the Mr Walsh because he tried to open a restaurant bar for hispanics. What is going on with John Fugger? When is the real story going to come out. How come you write stories about hispanic men whistling at white girls and you don't write anything about JOHN FUGGER who sexually harassed a HISPANIC COWORKER IN TOWN HALL?????????????
Joen Mae December 04, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Maria - cheer up. You need happy pills. Not all people are bad. The people around here are pretty nice if you give them a chance. A community isn't bad simply if you don't agree with everything. Smile occasionally.
Sam December 04, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Maria- Why do you live in Morristown? There is so much hatred in your posts. You make everything into a race issue. Change starts with oneself.
Sam December 04, 2012 at 12:26 PM
This close to residential? It's next to a dry cleaner and across the street from the Motown Deli and La Campagna. And it fills a location that sat empty for many years. Yum! Can't wait to eat there!
lizturkerific December 04, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Maria, do you mean the incident where a teenage girl was followed by a hispanic man in a truck? Not whistled, FOLLOWED. Then there was a story about another teenage girl was followed by a truck after two guys yelled "get her." Not. Whistling. If you're going to bring irrelevant events into a conversation, at least get the facts right and don't downplay them.
Morris Towne December 04, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Maria does seem like a very unhappy and angry person which is too bad, as others have said there's a lot to like about Morristown. As far as this place - it's a great location for a restaurant and a cool building, although their competition will be stiff with La Campagna and the other Italian spots nearby on South St.
Townee and Sad December 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Dougherty allowed this because it does not compete with Cavanaugh, his dear friend. People need to wake up and see what is going on. Any restaurant with a bar near the Iron Bar will be refected as to protect the Mayor's friend. Great point about Fugger. What is the latest Patch? And what exactly did he do? Get the police report on that incident and post it. Why do you only get the police reports for drunk idiots and hispanics? Do the right thing Patch and give us the details.
Margret Brady December 04, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I guess Maria never noticed all those homes abutting the Walsh property lot line and forgot about the roof top bar. Has she noticed all those reports about the Wells Fargo parking lot incidents? While I can't say that I wasn't surprised that another resturant so close to ywo established really good italian resturants that already fight for parking spaces, at least none of them have liquor licences or bars.
Shotbaker1980 December 04, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Morristown has not "totally gone crazy" just because the Walsh family cannot open another giant alcohol related business and frankly, it's a pretty sickening to hear their online minions constantly badmouthing the same town responsible for letting them earn their wealth in the first place. A town doesn't benefit from having over a dozen bars--only the bar owners themselves benefit. Instead of smearing the town because the Walsh family can't open a bar, or because the Walsh family doesn't want someone else opening a bar, just leave.
Ed Romanoff December 04, 2012 at 02:36 PM
It's great to have new restaurants open but Morristown already has so many Italian ones. A seafood restaurant would be wonderful.
Maria December 04, 2012 at 03:17 PM
good move not letting me comment on the Hispanic guy that bribed the plumbing inspector. I know a lot about bribes in town. Metro Shop, 130 Speedwell Ave! Look into it! Why do you think Morristown allows this place to have 2 fights a week that send people to the hospital in Morristown ambulances??? This store supposedly sells shoes and backpacks
Lawrence Wilson December 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Margret, yet the town allowed the Mayor's friend to have a bar there. Patrons will be using that same lot. Whats good for one bar should be the same for the next bar. Regardless of who is friends with who.
Ryan December 04, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Bowling alley/rooftop bar is much different than an Italian restaurant. Apples and oranges. Also, Maria, that has absolutely nothing to do with this article.
Sam December 04, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Maria, like energy attracts like. So if you're feeling angry all the time, you're going to attract more things to feel angry about. It is hard for me to take anything you say seriously because your posts are filled with venom. I like to stay away from people like you.
Rose Farrell December 04, 2012 at 04:40 PM
If we had a quaint, little bookstore in Morristown, this town would be perfect. We do have everything else that anyone could ask for and then some!
Ed Romanoff December 05, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I agree with Rose.
Sam December 05, 2012 at 02:29 AM
A quaint bookstore with a tea room. This town is awesome with or without it!
Virginia Faulkner December 05, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Old Book Shop. No tea room, but the business has been in Morristown since the 1930's, and has 30,000+ used books plus magazines, postcards and ephemera.
Margret Brady December 05, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Love the Old Book Shop but a place for tea or coffee near by would be great.
lynn magnusson December 06, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I am so tired of Motown restaurant and bars. It is sad that there are so few shopping opportunities and I know why...retail space is too expensive for "little" shops, except perhaps jewelry. The walking/shopping experience is too disjointed....just one restaurant connected to another. Or a bank.
Cara DePalma December 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
There was a small bookstore on South Street next to the Library but it closed years ago. With Amazon and ebooks, there just isn't the market for it. Sages Pages in Madison is a great little bookstore if you need it!
Mike Bower December 08, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Ok Ok... I know if you've read my past stuff Im starting to sound like a broken record but... COME ON!!!!! Another ITALIAN restaurant?????? Are you effin kidding me????? I know I know your food is the best blah blah blah... Good luck with that location... Holy cow where does Morristown find these wide eyed enthuthists that pay all those fees and then fail miserably.... (see tomato pie) BY BY Tomato pie... Word to the four geniouses that are opening the four "New" Italian restaurants... Olive Lucy, Millies, Godfather and now THis... GOOD LUCK! I hope you have a lot of money to waste!!
Joseph Torres December 09, 2012 at 03:42 PM
so where will the patrons of this restaurant park, and I guess all deliveries will take place off the truck on Elm as if that area isn’t congested enough, good move planning board
Motown Resident December 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I am looking forward to another dining choice, great point Joseph, I'm not looking forward to trying to pass a double parked delivery truck on Elm Street. As for the Walsh Bowling Alley, it was an allowable use in a business zoned area, I think the residents moving to the hustle and bustle of the downtown should understand that is city living. If I recall, Community Place residents sought a zoning variance to build the townhouses. They also freeing chose to purchase next to (at the time a planned) 7 story public parking garage. But, as Ryan would say, stay on point, I'm thrilled to have another dining choice and good luck!
AC May 25, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I ate there opening night and it was fantastic!!! I can't even make a suggestion at this time. A few prices were high but there are some cheaper options listed too. I had a chicken dish and my friend had homemade pasta dish. Both were outstanding. They need to get a menu up on-line now. I will absolutely go a lot.

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