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New Brewpub Coming to Downtown Somerville

Downtown Somerville is opening up Somerset County’s very first brewpub! This microbrewery will be serving seasonal craft beers and Progressive American-Style cuisine. Village Brewing Company will soon be located on West Main Street in the original Woolworth’s and former Somerville Center Antiques right in the heart of the downtown district!

Seasonal menus will include locally-sourced ingredients for a farm-to-table atmosphere and a selection of eight to ten in-house brewed craft beers will change monthly – but don’t worry, wines and other spirits will also be served!

The restaurant will provide à la carte, private and semi-private dining. Future plans call for the renovation of the lower floor into the “Village Square,” into a local performing arts center, as well as a banquet and event facility.

“Downtown Somerville is really a hot spot and the place to be,” said Iris Frank, co-owner and director of business development and banquet services. “We considered several towns in New Jersey for our brewpub, but in the end it was an easy decision. There is such a strong sense of community and a cool vibe to the downtown. We’ve watched the amazing transformation of Somerville and the ongoing commitment to enhancing the entire downtown experience.”

Final plans are still in the review process, but the Village Brewing management team expects to open in the summer of 2018. The new brewpub will employ roughly 70 people.

“Village Brewing Company’s decision to open in Downtown Somerville represents a significant private investment on our Main Street and will certainly add to the vibrant community life here,” said Tom Genova, chairman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “Somerville is a recognized success story across New Jersey, and we are proud that our downtown district will be home to the first brewpub in the county.” 

 

Governor Richard J. Codey

Not many people express how proud they are of their hometowns quite like Governor Richard J. Codey.  The Orange, New Jersey native and the Garden State’s 53rd governor sat down with HipNJ’s  Lisa Marie Latino to give her a “slice” of his home town.

In his 30 plus years in the legislature, Governor Codey has become one of New Jersey’s fiercest mental health advocates, spearheading countless improvements that have led to better mental health care throughout the state of New Jersey.  He also passed the the Smoke-free Air Act, which banned the use of tobacco products indoors.  

When he’s not busy fighting for the rights of New Jersey’s citizens, he’s running his family’s funeral home, with locations in Caldwell and Boonton.  You can also find him coaching sports and relaxing with his beloved family.

Governor Codey entertained us at his favorite Orange hangout, Star Tavern “World Famous” Pizzeria.   Find out now how growin’ up Jersey helped shape him into the man he is today.