Defunct Sleepy Hollow Pub to Become Newest Project for Tide Table Restaurant Group

Other Eagleswood News Includes Stafford Sign Relocation
Feb 27, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Tide Table restaurant group is about to grow again.

The Eagleswood Township Committee publicly passed a resolution Monday night transferring ownership of a liquor license for what will become the seventh eatery in the lineup (currently comprising Mud City Crab House, Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House, Ship Bottom Shellfish, Black Whale Bar and Fish House, Parker’s Garage and the soon-to-be Bird and Betty’s replacing The Ketch).

Tide Table’s Eric and Melanie Magaziner attended the meeting and confirmed the former Sleepy Hollow Restaurant and Pub, on 5 acres, will become the newest member of the family of restaurants, but any thoughts about a new name and identity for the business are still firmly under wraps.

The resolution formally authorized “a person-to-person transfer of a plenary retail consumption license from DDK Sleepy Hollow Corporation to BGEM, LLC.”

With a big smile, Deputy Mayor Debra Rivas said, “I have waited so long to say: I make that motion.” She then welcomed the Magaziners and thanked them for investing in the town. They expressed the same enthusiasm about coming to the neighborhood and transforming the property. “Needs a little work,” Melanie said.

The sale has not yet closed, the Magaziners said on the way out of the meeting. The license transfer has to happen first, Melanie explained. And liquor license transfers are handled by local police departments, but since Eagleswood is patrolled by the State Police, the process took a little longer.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Michael Pasternak reported the “Now Entering Stafford” sign has been moved. It had been errantly placed across from Calloways, which is the Staffordville section of Eagleswood Township, but after some residents complained and town officials contacted the state Department of Transportation, the sign was relocated a half-mile north to its rightful position, where it now stands directly in front of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

During open discussion, Rivas raised concerns about a troublesome trend of miscommunication lately between Eagleswood and Stafford townships, ever since Stafford’s new administration took office. Historically the towns have had a shared services agreement with Stafford’s Building Inspections Department. But recently, Rivas explained, Eagleswood has not been copied on matters pertaining to certificates of occupancy or appropriateness, causing extra work for the tax assessor; they’ve had construction permits issued without zoning permits, and other unnecessary complications.

“I don’t know what to do to promote better communication,” Rivas said.

Pasternak suggested they arrange a meeting with Stafford’s Construction Official Bob Gaestel to get it sorted out.

With regard to the pipe-laying project at the end of West Creek Dock Road, Pasternak said he had paid a visit to the site and met with representatives of New Jersey Natural Gas and Carson Corp. to see about abating some of the issues that have been causing distress to homeowners in the vicinity.

Pasternak said they’re still on a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. schedule, not 24-hour operation; all the signage along the road looks good; access to the bulkhead is open, though not ideal; barrier fencing is up to protect wetlands; drainage, an existing problem, is decidedly worse now, but the contractor has pledged to pump out the excess water and sweep the streets; road repairs will be done; additional sound control will be put in place to muffle the noise of the generator; the lighting has been repositioned away from homes; Dumpsters will be emptied and water trailers filled during the day rather than after dark.

The only public input was from Dock Road resident Dave Fox, the loudest voice of complaint, who said mail service to his house had been interrupted last week because according to the post office he lives in a construction zone.

— Victoria Ford

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