WESTFIELD, NJ — Nearly a year after being shut down over building code violations, Addams Tavern has gotten a state court’s approval to reopen.
The popular restaurant has all the government approvals needed to reopen, Town Attorney Thomas Jardim said Friday.
“There appear to be remaining issues as to drainage of rainwater and one issue with respect to ADA accessibility,” Jardim said, referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act. “But the court didn’t view those issues as life-safety issues, and saw no reason to continue to keep the restaurant closed.”
Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis issued the Dec. 3 order allowing the restaurant at 115 Elm St. to reopen, pending the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the Mountainside Building Department.
The drainage and handicapped accessibility issues will be addressed at a hearing in January, Jardim said.
The neighboring borough’s building department is conducting the inspections because the initial lawsuit lodged by the landlord, Tarta Luna Properties LLC, claimed Westfield’s inspections of the building were improper, he said.
“It seemed to be the right step to take to have Mountainside do the inspections so there wouldn’t be any questions as to whether the inspections were done correctly,” Jardim said.
Repeated phone messages and an email to Harvest Restaurant Group seeking a date of the opening were not returned Friday. The building inspector in Mountainside also was not available to speak Friday.
An attempt to book a Monday reservation at the restaurant via the Addams Tavern website was unsuccessful and a phone call to the restaurant itself yielded an automated message explaining the closure.
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