Business & Finance

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 Swedish 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:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Parsippany

Denville Church Welcomes New Pastor

July 17, 2018

Denville Community Church announces the appointment of Rev. Heather Valosin as its new pastor. She succeeds the Rev. Ed Carll, who retired in June after 38 years of active ministry. In her new role, Pastor Heather will lead the longest-standing church in the Township (est. 1785) and one of the most active Methodist congregations in the Garden State, drawing members from across Morris ...

Girl Scouts and CCM Announce the Launch of New National STEM Badges

Randolph, NJ, July 17, 2018 – The Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey today announced the launch of 30 new national Girl Scout badges exclusively for girls ages 5–18 at County College of Morris (CCM), a nationally designated center of excellence for cybersecurity education.

The badges, which are immediately available, not only enhance the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout ...

Vance Johnson Former NFL Star to Headline Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Presentation on the Opioid Crisis

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is pleased to announce the hosting of “The Opioid Crisis: Engaging the Community” as the second event under New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s “21-County, 21st Century Community Policing Project”. The “21/21 Community Policing Project” was implemented in 2018 with the goal of building better ...

Kessler Foundation Seeks Volunteers for Important Breast Cancer Study

Researchers at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ are studying new ways of combating breast cancer-related weakness & fatigue. These symptoms can diminish quality of life & often last long after treatment has ended. If you are a woman aged 40-75, who was diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 10 years*, you may qualify for this important research study.

We are ...

Parsippany BOYS & GIRLS INVITED TO FREE SUMMER ADVENTURE NIGHTS

STANHOPE, NJ – July 5, 2018– Time for the whole family to experience adventure this summer!  Have some free summer evenings and ready for a summer evening of family fun?!  Families are invited to attend any of four Family Adventure Nights at Camp Wheeler or Watchung Day Camp at no cost. Program consists of archery shooting, STEM activities, BB shooting, aquatics, campfire, ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

July 16, 2018

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Lisa McCormick comments after Gov. Murphy caves on budget demands

To the Editor,

Gov. Philip D. Murphy bowed to pressure from Democratic lawmakers rather than force a government shutdown over his demand for millionaires tax like the five measures vetoed by former Republican Gov Chris Christie.

At 7:30 pm on June 30, the last day of the fiscal year, Murphy held a news conference with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President  ...

Millionaires and Mudslinging

To the Editor,

I was promised that New Jersey Democrats would enact a millionaires tax that extended the one we had when Jon Corzine was governor but I knew they would never have let that lapse if they wanted anything other than a political football.

Gov Chris Christie was sent a bill to veto five times because it made him look bad. 

Assembly Democrats don't really care ...

Concerned Resident Speaks Out

Dear Editor,

As a concerned mother, I feel impelled to speak out on last week’s revelations regarding a prominent Parsippany public figure.

After reading Mr. Tom DeLorenzo’s letter to the editor, I realized how important it is not to remain silent.  I was completely unaware the severity of the content until I had been forwarded some of the actual screenshots from ...