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Hackettstown eatery to reopen with new management, new name

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown restaurant formerly called Bea McNally’s will reopen under new management and has a new name. Grand Avenue Tavern will have their soft opening on Monday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The restaurant, located at 109 Grand Avenue, has been closed since May 11 for renovations and the grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, July 1.

Grand Avenue Tavern, also formerly known as the historic Claredon Hotel, was built in the 1860’s. It’s claimed to be the last residence of Judge John Hackett, who the town is named after, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant.

The property had numerous owners, was bought and purchased several times. It was saved from demolition in 1978 when United Jersey Bank foreclosed on the mortgage and wanted to convert the property into a parking lot. The local town people and Chamber of Commerce rallied around the beloved landmark saving it from its demise, spokesperson said.

In 2009, the building was transformed from Charlie Browns to Bea McNally’s and was currently transformed into Grand Avenue Tavern to better serve Hackettstown and the surrounding communities, spokesperson said.

“Under new management, it is run by the faces servicing you today! If you look closely, you might be lucky enough to spot one of the spirits that have been rumored to haunt the building! We hope you enjoy your visit with us and can’t wait to welcome you back again!,” spokesperson said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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