Morristown council approves tiki bar for Homestead

The Homestead tavern on DeHart Street, March 31, 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


If Shore traffic is too much for you, the Shore soon may come to you.

A hint of it, anyway.

The Homestead now can have a tiki bar in its Dehart Street courtyard. At a special meeting Wednesday, the Morristown council voted 5-2 to modify the liquor license Homestead shares with the adjacent Tashmoo Restaurant & Bar to allow a tiki bar between May 1 and Sept. 30.

Dehart Associates LLC, the legal entity that owns both establishments, must apply to the council for permission each time it wishes to operate the tiki bar. That bar is limited to 13 stools, and it must close at 11 pm, just as the courtyard is required to do.

Council members Robert Iannaccone and Tawanna Cotten voted against the resolution.

Prior to the hour-long session, Iannaccone said he saw no reason to amend license conditions that all parties had agreed upon.

The council approved Tashmoo’s license expansion a decade ago, and imposed conditions to minimize noise for neighbors. The Homestead sits between luxury townhomes on Community Place and the Metropolitan Lofts, a 59-unit apartment building on Dehart.

Homestead patio use was restricted, and open windows could not face the townhomes. Residents beat back prior proposals by members of the Walsh family–principals in the bars–for tent events and a retractable roof over The Homestead.

But Tashmoo has had no noise complaints since its 2013 license expansion, Councilman Stefan Armington noted.

Wednesday’s resolution stipulates the tiki bar must comply with the town noise ordinance. The council doubles as the Morristown’s Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Attorney Robert C. Williams III represented The Homestead at the hearing.

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