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Three long-time city bars and restaurants become sites for new businesses

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Sign on the front of Tumulty's restaurant announcing the end of an era and opening of the new Tavern on George. Credits: Tom Haydon
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Sign on the front of Tumulty's bar and restaurant that has been a long-time landmark on George Street. Credits: Tom Haydon
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NEW BRUNSWICK – In 1934, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, the nation was still suffering from the Great Depression, Donald Duck first appeared in a cartoon, and Tumulty’s restaurant opened in New Brunswick.

Twice the restaurant moved before settling in at 361 George Street, where it became a landmark.

Until now.

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Tumulty’s is one of three long-time city restaurants, along with Panico's and Old Bay, that have been sold to new owners and are expected to reopen later this year.

The city council approved the sale earlier this month of the Tumulty’s liquor license to DHS Hospitality Inc. of Edison. City officials said the license sold for $150,000.

Tumulty’s was open for St. Patrick’s Day with live Irish music, but that was the last hurrah for venerable business under that name.

Tavern on George Street will open in the former Tumulty's location on March 30, according to a sign in the restaurant window.

The upscale Panico’s restaurant at 103 Church Street closed last year, with the owners moving all their operations to the pizza, grill and bar directly across the street.

In December, the liquor license for the former Panico’s site sold for $350,000 to Salt Seafood and Oyster Bar, LLC, which is based in Monroe.

Alpesh Patel, the owner of the new restaurant to be called simply “Salt,” said he plans to open in June.

Just down the street, work is under way to renovate the former Old Bay restaurant at the corner of Church and Neilson streets. Old Bay closed last November after 30 years at the same location.

The Black Thorn Pub and Irish Restaurant operate in that location. This will be the second Black Thorn location; the first pub has been a long-time bar in Kenilworth.

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