Belmar Cuts Back Live Outdoor Music at Anchor Tavern and 10th Avenue Burrito Company

Live outdoor music is permitted to 10 p.m. at Anchor Tavern on Main Street and 10th Avenue Burrito on Eighth Avenue, far left — and hour earlier than in the past under their liquor license approvals. Credits: Cathy Goetz
The seasonal liquor license for D’Jais Bar & Grill at 1803 Ocean Avenue has been approved for another year by the Belmar Council. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — The plug will be pulled an hour earlier on live outdoor entertainment at two Belmar establishments, under liquor license renewals approved by the Belmar Council.

Anchor Tavern on the corner of Main Street and Eighth Avenue and 10th Avenue Burrito Company in the Belmar Plaza at Eighth Avenue will need to stop the music played in their outdoor dining and bar areas by 10 p.m., rather than 11 p.m. — keeping in line with the borough’s noise ordinance.

Although there were no comments from the public before the governing body voted to make the changes at its June 6 meeting, nearby residents in the past have complained about the noise level at Anchor Tavern when the warm weather ushers the start of live music on its outdoor patio. In addition, 10th Avenue Burrito is located across the street from the Belmar senior citizens residential building.

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It was Councilman Mark Walsifer who suggested the time change, which then was given the nod by Mayor Brian Magovern. Council President Jennifer Nicolay and Councilman Mark Levis, who all voted in favor of approving a total of eight liquor license renewals. Councilman Thomas Brennan recused himself from voting to avoid any potential conflict of interest since he is a professional musician who performs at Belmar establishments.

Four other active liquor licenses that were renewed for the one-year period through June 30, 2019 were: Little Red Barn at 1506 Main Street; La Dolce Vita at 400 Ocean Avenue; Riverview and Waterview Pavilions at 800 River Road; and D’Jais Bar & Grill at 1803 Ocean Avenue (seasonal from May 1 through November 14).

In addition, the council granted one-year renewals on inactive liquor licenses, or those being “held in pocket,” to SLBD Associates, LLC and CSL Belmar, LLC.

Due to the nature of their operations, various conditions are placed on the licenses of Anchor Tavern, 10th Avenue Burrito Company and D’Jais that relate to noise and music, unruly and intoxicated patrons, security, and clean-up of the premises and surrounding neighborhoods.

D’Jais also has required procedures in place to ensure occupancy is limited to 547 seated patrons and 740 standing patrons, and to maintain crowd, line and noise control outside the establishment. D’Jais also must post a $12,000 escrow upon its license renewal that pays in part for an off-duty Belmar police officer who is stationed outside the club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on holidays from about 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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