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Blue Point Grill Seafood Restaurant Coming To Newtown Township. Owner Says There Will Be No Parking Problems & No Single-Use Plastics

Blue Point Grill Seafood Restaurant Coming To Newtown Township. Owner Says There Will Be No Parking Problems & No Single-Use Plastics | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

On Wednesday night, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors gave conditional use approval for the family-owned [Princeton-based Blue Point Grill aka BPG] to open at 3 West Road next to the TD Bank at the Newtown Shopping Center.

 

[BPG will also have a bar and serve alcohol; read “Newtown Planning Commission is OK with Blue Point Grill's Conditional Use Application. Liquor Will Be Served!”; https://sco.lt/82MA0e ]

 

"We're not going to be a bar to drink. We're going to be a restaurant to eat," said Jack Morrison, the owner of BPG. "If you're coming for a cocktail at 10 p.m. that's not who we are."

 

Morrison is projecting that 75 percent of BPG's sales would be food with alcohol sales making up about 25 percent. "Our sales of alcoholic beverages will be to complement our food sales," said Morrison.

 

While the supervisors approved hours of operation of between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., Morrison said the restaurant will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and initially from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with the possibility of lunchtime service in the future.

 

In addressing concerns over parking, Morrison's land development lawyer Mike Meginniss noted that the seafood house would be a complementary use to the neighboring TD Bank, which shares the 52 space parking lot.

 

"We believe this is a good synergistic use with the peak hours of the bank during the day and BPG being a dinner operation," said Meginniss.

 

Meginniss also noted that employees will be directed to park in the ACME parking lot across the street to keep the parking lot open to BPG customers.

 

"We also believe this will be a less intense use from a traffic standpoint than the Corner Bakery because the average customer will stay for about one and a half hours," said McGinnis.

 

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The Planning Commission report stated that the applicant will work with the landlord to enhance crosswalk markings for diners who may park on the opposite side of West Road.

 

In his testimony, Mr. Morrison said “Mr. Mack asked at … the meeting with the planning commission that we bring over New Jersey’s … really pretty stringent sustainability program of no single-use plastic, no straws. We've been working with that and Mr. Mack asks that we would bring that program over and we're happy to do that as well.”

 

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