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Monday, February 1, 2016

Village Hall Restaurant Could Receive Former Cryan's Liquor License


South Orange, New Jersey: The restaurant that will occupy the historic South Orange Village Hall has applied to acquire a liquor license from a former local restaurant.

The Village Hall Restaurant has applied to acquire Plenary Retail Consumption License 0719-33-001-005 from the former Cryan's Beef and Ale House, according to a public alcoholic beverage control notice. The new restaurant, which is slated to open in 2017 following renovations, will include the Pump House indoor-outdoor beer garden.

Landmark Hospitality will own the Village Hall Restaurant. The company, which owns seven other restaurants in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, acquired the 122 year old building from the Township of South Orange Village in 2015. Village offices are now located across the street in the South Orange Center Building, and board meetings are held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Cryan's of South Orange closed at the beginning of 2013 shortly after officers from the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control Division charged several customers and employees in connection with the alleged sale of alcohol to underage consumers. 

The restaurant was founded in Newark in 1960 and had operated in South Orange for over 30 years. A related restaurant called Cryan's Tavern now operates in the Annandale section of Clinton Township, Hunterdon County. The space in South Orange remains vacant.

South Orange has 12 retail liquor licenses. One of the most recent liquor license transfer sales in the Village occurred in 2009 when the Above Restaurant acquired the license from the former Voro Restaurant.

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