BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Representatives of the Green Knoll Grill on Route 202/206 are being invited before the Bridgewater Township Council to speak on complaints registered by local residents concerning noise and fights at the restaurant.
The restaurant’s liquor license was up for renewal at the June 20 council meeting, but the council opted to only renew it through the end of July, pending a hearing with representatives from the Green Knoll Grill.
Because of previous concerns from residents living near the restaurant, the council had already imposed restrictions on the liquor license regarding outdoor music. Those restrictions are still included in the license.
DJ entertainment is allowed inside all year-round on Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fridays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Outside the property, the music can only be played from April 1 through Oct. 1, on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In addition, a security guard must be employed on the premises during specified times, while also regularly reviewing the status of parking along Route 202/206 to prevent customers from parking outside of the approved parking lot.
But Council Vice-President Allen Kurdyla said he has heard complaints from residents concerning the restaurant.
“I have heard there have been incidents of all-out brawls,” he said. “The other part I am concerned with is the original conditions. They were supposed to put up a wall with sound proofing on the highway side to keep the noise from migrating across the highway.”
Without that wall and because of the complaints, Kurdyla said, he believes they are not in compliance with the license.
“To me, they are not in compliance with what we agreed to in the past,” he said. “And now we have added concerns of some violent episodes there.”
“In the past, the most serious complaint was the noise drifting across the street,” he added. “Now it’s more serious.”
The council said they would like to hear from the restaurant concerning the complaints, and also from the Bridgewater Township Police.
“A place that serves alcohol, you are going to have issues, but I am trying to understand what the uptick is for,” councilman Matthew Moench said. “They are the only place with nightlife like that.”
Township attorney William Savo said they have imposed restrictions on the restaurant, and representatives have asked for relief in the past, which the council has granted because of good behavior.
“I think they should have to respond,” Kurdyla said. “There’s too many complaints to ignore it.”
The council is planning to invite representatives to speak at the July 7 meeting.