Morristown hearing on Iron Bistro liquor license set for 7:30 pm, June 4

Will the Iron Bar on South Street be allowed to extend its liquor license next door, to create the Iron Bistro and Beer Garden?

Morristown’s council will weigh the matter tonight, June 4, 2014, at 7:30 in town hall.

NOT SO FAST, say neighbors of proposed Iron Bistro, which is advertising in window of its proposed future home. Photo by Kevin Coughlin.

The Iron Bistro is proposed for South Street storefronts that formerly housed CUPS frozen yogurt and a Zebu Forno cafe. Photo by Kevin Coughlin.

Iron Bar owner Jimmy Cavanaugh is proposing a 240-seat restaurant and bar  with live jazz and blues, aimed at the 30-to-55 crowd.

Two years ago he received approvals to extend his liquor license into the same space for a Mexican restaurant–but the town imposed an 11 pm curfew on alcohol there.

That restaurant, the Gran Cantina, never happened. Jimmy contends nightspots are vital to the health of downtown Morristown–and that alcohol curfews are unhealthy for those establishments.

Residents have filed objections, asserting that another late-night watering hole will exacerbate noise and litter problems in the neighborhood.

The council serves as the town’s alcoholic beverage control commission.


Iron Bistro proposed floor plan

Iron Bistro application

Objection letter from residents

Objection letter from residents

A hearing about a suspended towing license for Basking Ridge Towing also was scheduled for tonight, but it’s been pushed back to Thursday, July 17, at 6 pm.

The liquor license hearing faces some stiff competition on Wednesday.

Grammy nominee John Ginty will be performing in a teacher tribute at Morristown High School at 7 pm. Arts by the People is starting an open mic poetry series at Drip Coffee at 8 pm.  Maxlife, a chiropractic center on Franklin Street, will introduce the Fountain of Youth at 6:30 pm, with a talk about “Anti-Aging Restructured Water.”  The Stanley Cup Finals begin, too.

Artist's conception of Iron Bistro on South Street. Image courtesy of Carolyn Young

Artist’s conception of Iron Bistro on South Street. Image courtesy of Carolyn Young


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