Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The burger-centric dining destination closed on Jan. 11; the most recent owner said a new business is expected soon.
Well, that was quick. No, we're not talking about the closure of Shake It! Burgers and Dogs, which ceased operations on Jan. 11 after less than a year in the space formerly occupied by Cha Cha Cha Cuban Bistro. According to Ray Luetters, the owner of Shake It! since June 2012, "the new proprieter will apparently be opening soon." Moving at the speed of business in Morristown. We have already heard several people lament the loss, not just of Shake It! but of what it replaced--Cha Cha Cha, Morristown's only Cuban dining destination. Now, our Spidey Senses are tingling as to what will replace Shake It! What do you think is destined for the location? What do you hope is destined for the location? Chime in below.
Monday, January 7, 2013
'Occupy This Space' returns!
It's a space that appears frozen in time. A sign indicates the business is open for customers. Two cups of coffee rest on the counter, never to be sipped again, while waiting for fresh-baked loaves of bread to be bagged and rung up at the counter. The space formerly home to Verrilli Bakery has been vacant for a while. Located at the corner of George Street and Martin Luther King Avenue, it shares company with several other vacant properties in that area, including just down George Street, right before the Market Street Mission Thrift Store. Unlike that carved out shell, the Verrilli location fronts a relatively busy thoroughfare, in an area in need of reclamation of lost commerce. So, in this special one-off edition of "Occupy This Space…
Monday, October 15, 2012
East Hanover restaurant first retail tenant at transit-oriented apartment building since opening in 2009.
Monday, October 15, 2012
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. …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Granted, they're still there, but they are moving across the street pretty soon.
It's a good problem to have. The Finishing Touch, an installer of auto entertainment equipment, has outgrown its space next to 7-Eleven in the Midtown Shopping Center. So, work is underway to convert a space across the street once occupied by a dry cleaners into their new home. So, the question must be asked: What's going to fill their old space? Maybe we're jumping the gun a little, since they still are in the old location. But, like we said, it's a good problem to have. What do you think should "Occupy This Space?" Chime in below.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Between Grilled Cheese at the Melt Factory and the forthcoming Fatty's is a space that has not been occupied in almost four years.
Those looking to absorb some of their late-night consumptables have a number of options. Cluck-U Chicken and Morristown Diner have been around for a while. Nearby, Grilled Cheese at the Melt Factory (formerly called The Grilled Cheese Factory) has been soaking up suds for over a year. And, just a few storefronts down from that, Fatty's is expected to bring the grease truck experience of Rutgers to Morristown in October. Indeed, it's those last two, with the addition of any new afterhours dining joints, that could effectively create a sort of "comfort food row" on Morris Street. Is that what you would like to see occupy 40 Morris St., last occupied by insurance agent James A. Connors Associates almost four years ago? Or, would you like …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
We looked at the hole on one side of the restaurant a long time ago; what would you like to see on the side with a building?
Like Colonial Bar, the signs on this property recently went down. So, this may be a wishlist post for what you hope the new lease holders have in store. Pazzo Pazzo doesn't really have neighbors. Quite a while back, when this column began, we asked what you would like to see occupy that hole that backs up to the restaurant's outdoor seating. Since then, nothing has changed. On its other side, an empty storefront exists which, up until not too long ago, had a sign with a phone number for anyone interested in leasing the space. With that sign now occupying the floor inside, our imaginations are running wild. So, we want to know: What should occupy the space on the other side of Pazzo Pazzo? You know, the side that's not a hole. Chime in …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The 'for lease' signs have come down; could something be headed its way?
For a while, signs adorned the windows of the former Colonial Bar & Liquors, seeking a new tenant. Recently, however, those signs have come down. So, either this edition of "Occupy This Space" is like the rest or an attempt to fish out details on a new business. For many, Colonial Bar & Liquors was a neighborhood alternative to flashier libation destinations. While they did not serve food, customers often were welcome to grab a slice (or, a whole pie) from Suvio's and bring it in to enjoy with their pints. People knew people by first name. And then, after many, many years, it was gone. Since then, this former watering hole at the corner of Atno and Washington has lain fallow, while its vintage, dusty tables and chairs lay scattered here …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
It has been vacant at least since Morristown Patch was a twinkle in our father's eye.
This space has not been home to TD Ameritrade for quite some time. We say that because, prior to Morristown Patch launching over two years ago, we combed Morristown to get every business that existed into our Directory (and, by all means, if you're not in the Directory, let us know!). We continue to do so as businesses open and close, but this one wasn't something updated since the site launched. So, it has been at least two years. That's a long time for such a prime location. On Washington Street, this property has significant foot traffic opportunities with several apartment buildings—The Chauncery, AMLI on the Plaza and 40 Park—within walking distance. The area already has a pretty active business community, with restaurants, bars, a …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
It has foot traffic possibilities, but no tenant.
Business is blossoming on Speedwell Avenue. In the area of Headquarters Plaza, several new businesses have popped up over the last year or so. Sure, some like Gold Rush have a very specific appeal base, but then places like Muscle Maker Grill cater to larger audiences. A new cafe, Garden Deli, appears to be in the works. A business called Design with Tile posted a "coming soon" sign nearby. And while Morristown Dairy and Villa Cafe recently closed, the space next to Pazzo Pazzo that once held Arabica Cafe has had some activity of late, and the "for lease" signs have come down. Suffice to say, whatever your opinion, there is no denying things are happening along this part of the road. Meanwhile, adjacent to Hyatt Morristown, Headquarters …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
There's plenty of hustle and bustle on the Green, as well as a number of empty storefronts, including this one.
Here on Morristown Patch we have noted the recent surge of new businesses coming or recently-arrived to town, from delis, to Mexican/American grills, to Panera, there's plenty of commerce coming around. But, one place that has been somewhat quiet is also one of Morristown's busiest areas: The Green. Sure, 40 Park is busy, with steakhouses and Starbucks. Cafe on the Green opened earlier this year in the former Godiva space. But, Greenberry's closed, leaving one side of the Green with only a pizza place and UPS store amidst several "For Rent" signs. Directly across, there is plenty of open business space intermingling with Rite Aid and several financial institutions. But, for this week's episode of "Occupy This Space," we are going to focus …