Residents may see the vacant building at 109 Grand Ave., formerly Charlie Brown’s, operating with a new Irish pub before next year.
According to Jim Sheldon, executive director of the Hackettstown Business Improvement District, the restaurant could open as early as September or October.
Construction, which will include adjustments to the building entrance and the bar inside, is expected to begin by the end of May, Sheldon said.
The main entrance is moving to the side of the building facing Washington Street, Sheldon said. He noted that the owner also has plans to expand the bar – whether it be expanding the restaurant’s current bar or installing a second bar near the back of the restaurant.
The application, made by MBK Investments LLC, was approved unanimously at the Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24. According to the application, there are plans to create additional parking and a 45-square-foot addition to the southwest side of the building to provide a handicap-accessible entrance with a vestibule. The application also calls for interior improvements, new exterior signage and alterations to the site to improve accessibility.
Mark Falow, the owner of the new restaurant, said he thinks it will be a perfect fit for the Hackettstown area. He described his vision for the restaurant as a “happy place where people can get away from their problems.”
Source: Todd Petty, nj.com