Morris County News

The End Of An Era; Billy and Madeline’s Red Room in Hanover Torn Down

cd0c3077dccb2b7b06c8_Billys_and_Madellines.jpg
Credits: Visions By Manfred
1109d218a6c3e1e38e7c_Billy_s_Red_Room_Demolition.jpg
Credits: Visions By Manfred
45aea0e10600e5c58bee_Billy_s_Nov_Fire.jpg
Credits: Visions By Manfred
fa6497c149440185cdec_IMG_7397.jpg
Credits: Chris Manderioli
abcd64cc4ca051bb9c5d_IMG_7389.jpg
d5e5a4e1053ffbea6f54_Billy_s_Nov_Fire_2.jpg
Credits: Visions By Manfred
005ee9bd9534081eac72_Billy_s___Madelines_Red_Room.jpg
Credits: Visions By Manfred
51bb4771873f2d63bee0_Billy_Fire_Nov_3.jpg
Credits: Visions By Manfred
cd0c3077dccb2b7b06c8_Billys_and_Madellines.jpg

HANOVER, NJ - The iconic three story, nautical theme, red building just off Route 10 on the Hanover - Whippany border that housed Billy and Madeline’s Red Room, is now nothing more than a pile of rubble in an empty lot.

On Tuesday June 6, a backhoe methodically tore the 84 year-old structure down.  The restaurant closed back in November of 2017, when a fire damaged it beyond repair. 

Billy and Madeline Fornaro sat, watched, and reminisced as the building was razed, joined by Madeline’s sisters and many others who stopped by on and off during the day.

Sign Up for E-News

The fire, deemed an accident of an unknown cause by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, reportedly started in the ground-floor kitchen area when the restaurant was closed.

Billy and Madeline were in the upstairs apartment on the restaurant's third floor when their dog began barking because of the smoke from the fire. 

In the chaos, the two got separated trying to find the dog and get out of the building. Two men who were passing by stopped when they saw the fire and helped Madeline climb out a window.  Billy was able to get out by himself through a back door on the first floor.

Video of the men helping rescue Madeline circulated around social media the day of the fire.

Billy’s father first opened the restaurant in 1933, and Billy took over in 1959.  After marrying Madeline in 1980, Billy added her name to the restaurant.

The restaurant was well known for its incredibly detailed interior, of which every last possible inch of the ceiling and walls contained some sort of fishing / nautical décor.  The items were too many to count and were well into the thousands.

Billy was also well known for giving $1 and a small bag of Sweedish Fish to every child who ate at his restaurant when he was there, which was pretty much all the time.

According Madeline, "the property and the license are currently for sale."  The couple plans to spend their days relaxing at their home in Brick NJ, where Billy can spend more time fishing.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Denville

Roxbury's Kellie Ann Keyes Named the County's Recycling "Rox-Star"

June 18, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – Kellie Ann Keyes, who runs Roxbury's recycling program was honored recently by Morris County for her efforts, with the county dubbing her its “Rox-Star Recycler.”

Keyes was one of 10 people and businesses to receive a 2018 Environmental Excellence Award from the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA). The MUA gave her the award in ...

Local Boys and Girls from Morris County Have a Blast at Patriots’ Path Council’s Summer STEM Institute

June 19, 2018

Robots, slime, homemade ice cream and more.  These were all experiences that children from Morris County had at the Patriots Path Council Summer STEM Institute last year.  This camp focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, fields which are critical to the modern economy and community. One of the attendants last year, Johnny C. said, “I had so much fun!  I ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, June 20, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

The Masterwork Chorus Launches 19th Summer Sing ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, June 23, 10:00 AM

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Morristown

CASA Information Session

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Mountain Lakes

Art at the Esplanade

Arts & Entertainment

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

Small Business Ownership vs. Entrepreneurship

Written by: Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative Reporter and author of The Green Lane, a syndicated column, Published on 6/18/2018

Tags: Business, Community, Crowdfunding, Economy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Small Business

Source: So, which are you – a Small Business Owner or an Entrepreneur? We compare the similarities and differences between the two, so you can ...