Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Former owner of The Brick Oven of Morristown opening new business in space formerly occupied by Villa Cafe.
It didn't take long for Alan Valenti to decide to get back in the restaurant game after he and his partners sold The Brick Oven of Morristown in 2010. Valenti, a 10-year Morris Township resident originally from Brooklyn, said he knew for many years—even during his time on Wall Street—that he wanted to get into the business. And while that South Street restaurant had proven successful, as one of three partners, Valenti did not have as much creative control he was seeking, which he said his new business venture offers. That venture, Olive Lucy's Kitchen Table, is expected to open by the end of January in the space formery occupied by Villa Cafe on Speedwell Avenue. The restaurateur knew he wanted his next venture to stay in Morristown. It …
Monday, December 3, 2012
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 …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Once a destination for Afghani delights, this Washington Street property has been empty for years.
Often here at "Occupy This Space," we highlight properties where businesses have come and, sadly, gone. But, at 85 Washington St., there was a happy ending for Pamir, which moved several years ago to South Street, where the Afghani restaurant continues to do a swift business. But, in its wake has been a building that has not since seen occupation, by a restaurant or anything else. Once something of its own minor "restaurant row–" with Suvio's and Caffe India, as well as the former Colonial Bar, this section of town does not offer much foot traffic. Unless, of course, you're looking for a nice slice or to take advantage of Caffe India's lunchtime buffet. So, this week, we want to know what you think should "Occupy This Space?" Another …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Town Council, as the ABC Board, expected to vote on liquor license transfer for 4 Early St., as well as begin hearing for proposed bowling alley on Dehart Street, starting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall.
On Wednesday, those interested in political discourse will get more bang for their buck, as not one but two hearings will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. At the top of the meeting, the Town Council, acting as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, is set to vote on whether or not to approve a liquor license transfer for William Walsh's latest business venture, a new Hispanic-focused restaurant and bar at 4 Early St. The last meeting lasted over three hours, prompting the council to delay the vote until June 13. Following that vote, the Council will hear the application for 10 Dehart St., which, if approved, would become the location of a "to be built" bowling alley with a liquor license. This, under the LLC "Gracie Sunshine…
Thursday, June 7, 2012
This Mine Hill-based family food truck is mostly camped out at Speedwell Lake, but Patch caught up with them recently during a family fun event at Alfred Vail School.
If there's one thing Morristown is known for, besides its deep history, is its many, many (many) dining options. We have steaks, seafood, Chinese, Italian, Persian, Afghani, Indian, Japanese, American, French, Irish ... and waffles. If you drove by Speedwell Lake recently, or happened to be venturing down Patriots Path, you might have noticed a big yellow food truck stationed near the old fire pit. That truck, The Royal Waffle, is owned by husband and wife team Agnes and Thomas Briganti, who is a former landscaper of 35 years. After the years of stress and hard work in that business, Thomas Briganti decided to take on the stress and hard work of the food service industry, which he said had been a lifelong dream. "I always wanted to do this…
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, June 4, 2012
Many local restaurants, businesses participating.
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Monday, June 4, 2012
Do you or someone you know own a food service business that is looking to take what may be extra quantities of food and donate them to feed the less-fortunate? Then, the Community Soup Kitchen would like to hear from you. The organization recently launched its "Kitchen-to-Kitchen" program, which pairs up those businesses with the CSK, which has served lunch every day straight for over 10,000 days. The press release is below: Take a local Soup Kitchen that has always found a way to feed the hungry, 365 days a year, never missing a day in over 10,000 days. Then add the challenge of complying with Board of Health regulations that volunteers can no longer prepare food at home. Add a dash of creativity and a pinch of determination. Mix with a …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Alexander Hamilton students get advice on project from Tim Schafer's, Blue Morel.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Fifth-graders at Alexander Hamilton Elementary School recently participated in a Foundation for Free Enterprise contest, where they were tasked with creating business model for a successful restaurant. Thanks to Thomas Schranck, a teacher at Alexander Hamilton School, for the write-up and photos. Alexander Hamilton Students Excel in Restaurant Project Thanks to Local Restaurateurs Fifth grade students in Alexander Hamilton recently participated in a contest sponsored by the Foundation for Free Enterprise (FFFE). Students had to create a business model for a successful restaurant. The President of the FFFE, Kathryn English, awarded a group of students from Alexander Hamilton trophies for their presentation of a business proposal for a new …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Hearing for bar/restaurant at 4 Early St. rescheduled for to-be-determined future date.
Is it a safety issue? Or, a racial issue? Both sides were presented by residents at Tuesday night's council meeting in regard to a proposed liquor license transfer by the Walsh family–whose members also own Sona Thirteen, Tashmoo and The Dark Horse–to the Early Street property currently known as Futbolandia #2, which had previously been a banquet hall that catered primarily to Hispanic customers. Over a dozen letters of complaint signed by various residents–including Board of Education member Terri Murphy and Margarita Armington, wife of council member Stefan Armington–were submitted prior to the meeting. By law, the hearing needed then to be rescheduled at a later date, to allow the applicant the opportunity to review those letters. …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Our "Readers' Choice" winner gets the "Morristown Munchies" treatment.
People are passionate about their food. Just ask those who voted Pazzo Pazzo our "Readers' Choice" winner for Best Italian Restaurant. Or, ask those who disagreed. "Disagree completely. Sorry," noted reader Michael Poulo on our Facebook page. "We've banned them for years now, spending our money at other Motown establishments." "No way, sorry but that's just wrong," reader Amanda Carroll Benjamin added, also on the Facebook page. And then, there was this simple, one word response on the winner's announcement post: "Ugh." Well, with such opinions in opposition to the decision, I knew we had to find out for ourselves. And, after my inaugural lunch at Pazzo Pazzo I have to say: seriously, what's all the hate about? Maybe dinners are a bit …