BEACH HAVEN, NJ - A plan was in the works to combine the liquor license of the Ketch Bar and Restaurant with the Boathouse Restaurant, which is located across the street from the Ketch on Northwest Avenue.  

The goal was to have one large bar, restaurant and banquet destination. Local developer William Burris brought the application before the Beach Haven Borough Council.  

That proposal was rejected on Feb. 15 by the Council. The reasons given ranged from the lack of precedent for such an approval and the belief that this would give unfair advantage, therefore hurting other local businesses.  

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Burris' application represented a number of partners. The plan was for The Ketch to be sold to Bob Nugent and Eric Magaziner, owners of the Black Whale Fish House, Mud City Crab House, Old Causeway and other establishments. The partners were hoping to combine both buildings (with The Boathouse). 

After the denial by the Borough Council, a plan is still in place for The Boathouse to be purchased by Nugent and Magaziner. The Black Whale Bar and Fish House is in a smaller location but extremely popular.  They plan to close the existing location in the future and move the business to a much larger building: the former Boathouse Restaurant, at 116 Northwest Ave. in Beach Haven.  

Many residents were against the proposal to combine both locations. The council members voted unanimously to deny Burris' application after much careful deliberation. 

The size of the new location is quite larger than the existing location at 100 North Pennsylvania Ave. The business is planning to open at the new site in 2017.