Videos: Residents, bar fans square off over second expansion of Iron Bar in Morristown

A large crowd came to Gran Cantina hearing, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A large crowd came to Gran Cantina hearing, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Video playlist: Toggle icon, top left, for clips from hearing

By Kevin Coughlin

Do Morristown residents forfeit their right to a good night’s sleep when they move downtown?

How many venues can share the same liquor license?

A large crowd came to Gran Cantina hearing, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A big crowd packed the Gran Cantina hearing, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Welcome to Bar Wars 2017.  Here is a video sampling of testimony for and against the proposed expansion of the Iron Bar’s liquor license into a third South Street venue.

If the town council approves the expansion, the same license will enable alcohol to flow at the Iron Bar, the Revolution beer hall and the Gran Cantina, a proposed Mexican restaurant.

These clips are from the three-hour council hearing on Jan. 31, 2017.  The proceedings have been expanded, to Feb. 8, 2017.

Toggle through the playlist to see these videos:

  1. Iron Bar attorney Robert C. Williams makes the case for extending the liquor license
  2. Linda Russo, owner of a luxury condo, says bars are disrupting residents’ quality of life
  3. Council candidate Esperanza Porras-Field says the Latino community wants a Mexican restaurant
  4. Resident Tim Reuther questions how far you can stretch a liquor license
  5. Morristown realtor Ed France says downtown residents should expect noise
  6. Iron Bar / Revolution employee Dan Nemits thanks owners for taking a chance on him

BAR WARS 2017

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Completely agree with Jaimoe and SilverEagle. You cant expect a town to become lively and continue to attract the best young professionals to live there without these kind of establishments. If you want a quiet place to live that closes up before midnight, don’t move to the downtown center a growing city.

  2. Silver Eagle nailed it! If you downtown condo dwellers didnt want noise and latenight action you shouldnt have been STUPID enough to buy or rent a condo in the noisy heart of town. You sound like a bunch of idiots.
    Didnt you look around and see the 5 bars right below that have been there before those condos went up.
    Should have bought a nice awesome house up in Jockey Hollow where its peaceful and quiet if you were looking for solitude. What a joke. Everybody I know is dying for an awesome Mexican Restaurant in town. We will try to be quiet while eating our nachos in there with the kids so we dont disturb you guys up in your cute little condos. Get a grip! Hahahaha

  3. If one lives on a farm, you’re probably going to step in poop.
    If you live in a downtown area you are going to hear noise from patrons, parades and police and fire vehicles.
    Maybe you should move to Sparta.

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