BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Following discussions regarding a request from the Green Knoll Grill for outdoor music more than just in the evening hours, the Bridgewater Township Council approved a resolution amending their liquor license for outdoor music during the lunch hours.
The Green Knoll Grill has been before the council several times over the past few years regarding noise complaints and requests for outdoor music to be played, all in connection with their liquor license and conditions placed on it.
Restrictions for outdoor music were placed on the restaurant in 2013, and, in the years since, the Grill has employed a number of different measures to keep the sound contained and prevent it from being heard by nearby residents, including those living in the Crossroads on Route 202/206.
The restrictions were originally for no live outdoor music during the day on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday; and no live music after 1 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The restrictions also included having the patio open only from noon to 6 p.m. from October to April, as well as the restaurant not being allowed to play music outside until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The restaurant had originally requested to extend their live outdoor music to every day from noon to 3 p.m., and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
But the council decided to curb that request slightly.
Instead, the amendments allow for outdoor music from March 1 through Nov. 1, instead of April 1 through Oct. 1, and for afternoon outdoor music only during lunchtime.
Music is now allowed every day of the week from noon until 2 p.m., in addition to the evening hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Although no discussion was held prior to the approval – which did not include votes from councilman Filipe Pedroso and council president Allen Kurdyla, both of whom were absent from the meeting – council members have said in the past that they would not hesitate to pull these new amendments in the future if noise proves to be a problem.
Council members have said that if they are inundated with calls from residents regarding noise complaints and other issues, they would reconsider the changes.
“I would be willing to consider some music, but I don’t think we would agree to every day from noon to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m.” councilman Matthew Moench said at a previous meeting. “I would consider some extension on music, and if there are no issues, I am sure the council would be glad to come back next year and discuss it again.”