Other NJ News

Colorado Café Bids Farewell; Liquor License Fetches $250K in Liquidation Auction

5c47fa25f81fc0158e86_DSC_0708.JPG
Bidding on memorabilia at the Colorado Cafe attracted a herd of the establishment's most loyal patrons. Credits: Sean Conklin
c137e560804587e79235_DSC_0725.JPG
Colorado Cafe closed earlier this month. Credits: Sean Conklin
4eabd9fd15daeedfe563_DSC_0678.JPG
'Buck Off' was New Jersey's first mechanical bull. Credits: Sean Conklin
88fcc8a90315cfa34710_DSC_0684.JPG
Loyal patrons of the Colorado Cafe in Watchung take a trip down memory lane while posing for a picture. Credits: Sean Conklin
ff072aaea3b90a004e7f_DSC_0711.JPG
Three groups of bidders starred in the auction for the valuable liquor license. Credits: Sean Conklin
0a242857d058159a3c13_DSC_0717.JPG
Mark Bahna, a 30-year-old Watchung resident was the high bidder for the liquor license, the most valuable item of the auction. Credits: Sean Conklin
3f91601be43307970817_DSC_0693.JPG
'Buck Off' was as intimidating as it was fun to ride. Credits: Sean Conklin
7437b13e8af6baba37d8_DSC_0675.JPG
The mechanical bull at Colorado Cafe created countless memories which were immortalized in the photos adorned all over the walls at the popular country-themed bar. Credits: Sean Conklin
2b0b8f8911d86af30526_DSC_0685.JPG
0cf95811efd8867d4876_DSC_0667.JPG
ff51b7c7359cc2d6f39e_DSC_0674.JPG
b99905991207d42f275b_DSC_0672.JPG
82f3dfcece22be11440b_DSC_0697.JPG
8fca8c7fcd7f6f8a1644_DSC_0722.JPG
7672904ea305af5c0cde_DSC_0688.JPG
Loyal patrons turned out for one last visit at the famous country-themed bar. Many eternalized their memories of the popular establishment by snapping photos. Credits: Sean Conklin
c0403497372f470c47ae_DSC_0659.JPG
0fa80a7a6b1a60d3d39e_DSC_0662.JPG
0ac5a14f3d05a8b636d9_DSC_0671.JPG
bd506e615bff2fb7c804_DSC_0673.JPG
5c47fa25f81fc0158e86_DSC_0708.JPG

WATCHUNG, NJ – More than two decades of memories were auctioned off at the Colorado Café on Monday, July 31 as the renowned country-themed bar welcomed its most loyal patrons for one last time with virtually everything up for sale. Anything from kitchen utensils and glasses to the iconic Buck Off mechanical bull and of course, the valuable liquor license.

Mark Mahna, a 30-year-old Watchung resident, won the auction of the liquor license with a high bid of $200K, but the reserve price was not met. After several minutes of negotiations with the co-owner Angelo Porchetta and representatives AJ Willner Auctions, Mahna agreed to purchase the liquor license for $250K.

Mahna did not reveal how he planned on using the liquor license, but he was visibly excited after winning the auction and securing the deal.

Sign Up for E-News

The one location the liquor license will not go to use is the Colorado Café’s seven-acre property, which was purchased by Weldon Materials in 2015. Last summer, the Watchung Planning Board approved ordinances that permitted Weldon to apply for an expansion to its hard rock quarry, which all but sealed the country club’s long-term fate.

Earlier this month, Porchetta expressed his gratitude for the support he received over the years.

“We were in business for 22 years and we all decided that it was time to shut it down,” Porchetta told TAPinto. “I would like to thank all the loyal patrons – the people who were there on opening night and who were still there 22 years later – thank you. Through the years, those patrons, along with the staff and managers, made us the night club we were all these years.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Piscataway

Edison Public Library Donation Drive for Edison Animal Shelter

June 6, 2018

The Edison Township Free Public Library is partnering with the Edison Animal Shelter to do a donation drive for the Edison Animal Shelter. There is a checklist of all items that are being accepted at the animal shelter. These checklists can be found above and the donation bins will be available at all three branches. We will be collecting items until the end of June. For more ...

9-story apartment complex with roof-top pool formally opens in New Brunswick

June 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city's latest luxury apartment building recently held a formal opening for the complex on Neilson Street that has a roof-top pool with cabanas and grills, a dog park and pet spa.

The Quincy, a 393-unit, nine story building opened last month, offering studio and one- and two-bedroom apartment ranging in size from 503 to 1,236 square feet.

Mayor James Cahill said ...

Obituaries

Toms River – Mary Stella Whiteman, 97, passed away peacefully Saturday May 19, 2018 in Rose ...
Read more
Piscataway – Reinhard Rudolf Kiefer, 85, died Sunday March 11, 2018 at home. Born in ...
Read more

The ESCNJ Offers Innovative Software To Strengthen School Transportation

June 20, 2018

New software promising greater speed and efficiency for school transportation departments is now available through the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ).

The software is the result of a two year collaboration between the Princeton based Artha Systems, an international supplier of business management software, and the ESCNJ.

“The software is unlike anything on the ...

Registration Open For Fourth Annual Softball & Baseball Summer Camp

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Registration is open for the Spotswood Youth Baseball and Softball League's fourth annual summer camp. The camp is for ages five through 15 and will be held every Wednesday in August from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. beginning August 1. In the event of rain on either August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22 or August 29, a makeup camp will be held on the following Friday.

Camp will ...

Rutgers-Camden students who saved man from fire honored by City of Camden

Camden, NJ—The Rutgers-Camden students who saved an elderly man from a March fire at his Cooper Street home were honored by the City of Camden Tuesday night.

Mayor Frank Moran awarded proclamations to Corey Zytko, Jonathan Perez-Gaytan, Matteo Resanovic, Vanessa Solis Palma, Sehwan Park and Tammy Meneses on Tuesday, June 12.

On the night of March 23, the students were hanging out in ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_8f0a915f696bb2ae1366_community_shred

Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Quibbletown Park, Piscataway

Piscataway Township Paper Shredding Event

Government Green

Wed, June 27, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Empowerment for the Job Search: Applications & ...

Business & Finance

Thu, July 5, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Trivia Night at the Library!

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

My So-Called Graduation

The last of my children graduated from high school.  

 

My son and daughter threw their caps high into the air and cheered their liberation from one symbolic institution before contemplating their matriculation into other, much larger institutions significantly further away.  

 

Or at least far enough away that they won’t be needing rides home from ...