MADISON, NJ – Bottle Hill Tavern will open this spring at the former home of Poor Herbie’s on 13 Waverly Place. Property co-owner Peter Flemming detailed his final site plans to the Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday during its regular meeting.

Upgrades to Madison’s newest business will include a wood-painted, tavern-style sign. The front door will be replaced, with the addition of gas lanterns on either side that keep with the old-world feel of the downtown district that so many love, according to Flemming. 

The building’s two storefronts will be merged into one, and the old 70s era facade removed, he said. 

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“Making the storefront consistent and coherent rather than visually chopped up is important to the appearance of the whole district,” said commission member Janet Foster. “Thank you for working on that.”

Developers will also add a handicapped-accessible entrance in the side alleyway closest to Main Street. 

Demolition has already begun on this 19th-century building, Flemming said, and construction should be finished sometime in April. Commission members gave their final approval of these plans at Tuesday’s meeting. 

Residents in attendance seemed excited about the tavern, but did express one concern: “A few of us are wondering if you’re still going to have that fabulous salad dressing,” one audience member said. 

With a chuckle, Flemming replied, “Yes, we are.” 

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