Thursday, June 28, 2012
Or, should the bars and restaurants downtown kick in some dough?
Mayor Tim Dougherty calls it "a good problem to have." While the Morristown of today has become a destination, a hub and is continually adding new attractions that are bringing not only more visitors, but more residents, that popularity and progress comes at a cost. One specific cost, announced Tuesday by the mayor, was $7,000 a month for July and August, to fund the hiring of four additional police officiers to aid in patrolling the business district from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. This is the time where, for better or worse, Morristown really does a brisk business. The $14,000 over two months is coming from the police department's budget, which Dougherty said would have been spent anyway on the hiring of new police …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Hired cops would patrol bar areas from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights in July and August; council asked to consider long-term solution.
Those who head into downtown Morristown later in the evening on weekends know the bars and restaurants catering to the masses are doing pretty brisk business. But, with more business comes potentially more issues. Mayor Tim Dougherty, noting Morristown's rising star, said, "these are good problems to have." At Tuesday's council meeting, Dougherty said he would be hiring four additional officers to help patrol the business district from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays in July and August. The cost, coming from the police department's budget, would be about $7,000 a month, Business Administrator Michael Rogers said. Dougherty said downtown at night has become "a multi-generational experience." With the different age groups both …
Councilwoman seeks "fair, equitable and legal" solutions for everyone regarding bars, downtown business.
Another year for liquor license renewals has come and gone, with Town Council approving them across the board. But, not before making plans to form a subcommittee to make sure they're being good neighbors, to other businesses and to the burgeoning downtown resident population. Liquor licenses, not only for bars but for any business legally selling alcoholic beverages, go up for renewal at the end of every June. Most passed through at Tuesday's council meeting without much comment–from both the council and residents. But, six licenses, in the cluster of bars downtown near the 40 Park luxury condo development, were separated out because several of its residents had filed letters of complaint. By law, an Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Liquor license renewals slated to be discussed at Tuesday, June 26 Town Council meeting.
Living among the hustle and bustle of a downtown area is different from living in the 'burbs. Just ask Christine Conti-Collins. Conti-Collins, a 19-year Morristown resident from Brooklyn, moved a couple years ago to 40 Park, the luxury condo development along the Green. She, along with other residents, have issued complaints about the bars operating in that section of town. Chief among those complaints is not noise–which Conti-Collins said she knows has to be expected in a busy section of town–but other quality-of-life concerns, such as traffic congestion and human waste, including vomit, urine and excrement, which she has said often follows a busy weekend at the bars. With liquor license renewals expected to be discussed by Town Council …
Christine Conti-Collins, of 40 Park, among several residents to issue complaints regarding pending liquor license renewals.
For at least one 40 Park resident, the issue with bars near her residence has not been about noise, and anyone who thinks it has been is missing the point, she said. Christine Conti-Collins, a 19-year resident of Morristown from Brooklyn now living in the luxury condo development, said the main issues with the bars—mainly during the weekend—are safety and quality of life for everyone living in that area of town, not just at 40 Park. "There is severe traffic congestion, there's an incredible amount of garbage. There are safety issues," she said. Conti-Collins, along with fellow 40 Park residents Marie Rozan and Roseann Loia, recently issued letters of complaint to the town regarding all of the bars in that area—Sona Thirteen, Tashmoo, The …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Kevin Gsell's married into the Walsh family, which has applied for pair of liquor license transfers the Town Council must vote on. Should he recuse himself from the vote?
In matters concerning the Walsh family–whose family members own and operate several Morristown bars and restaurants, including Sona Thirteen, Tashmoo and The Dark Horse Lounge–Councilman Kevin Gsell has recused himself from discussions and votes, as he is married into the family and has not wanted to present a conflict of interest. However, when the Town Council, operating as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission was prepared to vote recently on a liquor license transfer for Walsh patriarch William Walsh, Gsell made no attempt to step away from the vote. That hearing ended with the council delaying their vote, which is scheduled to happen before another ABC hearing vote for the Walsh family, at 6:30 p.m. on June 13 at Town Hall. So, …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty to cut the ribbon at 4 p.m., June 9.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
It's not official until it's official. For Morristown's newest bar/restaurant, Iron Bar, it's official at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, when Mayor Tim Dougherty cuts the ribbon and the bar "is ready to bring a whole new look to Morristown," according to their event flier. Iron Bar, at 5 South St., has already been open for several weeks. They more recently announced they were now serving food, as well.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Readers' Choice looks for the cheapest drinks and munchies this week.
It's the time of day where some may be off work, some may not. As such, the period around 4 to 7 p.m. during the week tends to be a little slow for some bars and restaurants. That's where "Happy Hour" comes in. Despite its name, Happy Hours tend to run for several hours, usually from about 4 to 7 p.m. during the work week. Some places may start a little earlier, others a little later. Some places, on their slowest days of the week, may offer Happy Hour specials all night long. For this week's "Readers' Choice," we are asking you, our merrymakers, where do you think the best Happy Hour is in Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains? Who is serving up cheaper eats and even cheaper adult beverages? Below you will find our list of …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Proposed bowling alley and restaurant, with a liquor license, roundly jeered at council meeting.
The attorney for those proposing a possible bowling alley on DeHart Street were only going before Town Council Tuesday to discuss whether they could hear a liquor license transfer request before going to the Planning Board. But, a number of residents came out to voice their opinion on the entire project. That opinion? No way. Following lengthy discussion and public comment, Town Council decided they would allow the liquor license transfer process to be discussed prior to the application's presentation to the Planning Board. A date was not yet set for when that hearing will take place. Attorney Robert Williams, representing Billy Walsh–of the same Walsh family that owns Sona Thirteen on South Street, as well as Tashmoo and The Dark Horse, …
Friday, December 2, 2011
The weekend is almost here; where do you like to kick back with a cold one?
In honor of the weekend ... It's Friday, which means for many, it's time to kick back. For some, that means sleeping in. For some, that means going out. For many of both of those, it means finding a seat at their favorite Morristown watering hole, ordering a cold one (or, a room temperature one if you're having a fine red). Which brings us to our boozy "Question of the Day:" Where in Morristown do you like to go when wanting to kick back with a cold one? Do you prefer a place loud and bumping? Quiet and relaxed? Are you just looking for a tasty adult beverage, or seeking somewhere that can serve a fine platter of food, too? Take the poll and chime in below.