NUTLEY, NJ - The Huddle Sports Bar and Grill on Passaic Avenue in Nutley was amongst 23 liquor licenses up for renewal during the June 20, Board of Commissioners meeting. All five commissioners were present for the meeting and voted not to renew the license for the Huddle. Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans said he would have to look closely at the township ordinance.
Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers brought the attention of health and public safety violations to the commissioners. “Commissioner Petracco and I had to go down there one night, people were on the streets,” he said,. The “Police department gets so many calls from the neighborhood, we have a patrolman at that area,” added Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco.
“We are trying to find a common place between the residents and the bar owner,” said Petracco.
Township attorney Alan Genitempo wasn’t sure what the violations were, whether it was hours or the clientele but he believes that does not affect the liquor license. He also noted that he doesn’t think they have any Alcohol Beverage Control license violations.
“Inspections are required for license approval. This is a state level clearance,” said Evans.
Rogers voiced his concern about the neighbors on Enclosure and Grant and Passaic avenues. “I understand the owner cannot be responsible for the clientele but if people are coming out and urinating, bottles are littered and drug paraphernalia is left…,” he said. “We been there cleaning up bottles and debris. Capt. [Gerard] Green spoke to her, it’s falling on deaf ears,” added Petracco.
“It’s pretty upsetting. If I lived there, I would sell my houses. What do we do to help our residents?” asked Rogers.
“No matter what the business, you have to be a good neighbor and make sure the neighbors are happy, we should stress that to [the Huddle],” said Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli.
Evans suggested the local ordinance be revisited and carefully looked over with Genitempo. He suggested it be discussed at the future council meeting. If the license is not renewed it is set to expire on June 30, 2017 and the bar will be in violations if it serves any alcohol.
The Board of Commissioners scheduled a special meeting is for 5 p.m. Monday, June 26. The agenda has not yet been posted.
UPDATE: Since publication, the agenda for the June 26 BOC meeting has been published. The renewal of the Huddle Liquor license is on the agenda. TAPinto Nutley will have reporters at the meeting.
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