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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.” 


Randal Pinkett

Toast of the Town: Dr. Randal Pinkett

The toast of Somerset, New Jersey is Dr. Randal Pinkett!

Everything this superstar entrepreneur touches turns to gold.  He is president and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar, management, technology and policy consulting services firm.  He is an equally successful author, motivational speaker and even reality television star- Randal is the Season 4 winner of “The Apprentice“!

Randal grew up in East Windsor, and is a proud alumni of Rutgers University.  This Rhodes Scholar also obtained degrees at Oxford University and MIT.  Currently, he resides in Somerset with his wife, Zahara Wadud-Pinkett, daughter an two sons.

Randal credits much of his success to his community, and he gave #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino a tour of his favorite spots.

Randal wanted to start the segment off at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, where he is an active member.  On his philosophy on spirituality:  “I believe we have a much greater calling, to be great.  I define success as what you do for yourself; I define greatness as what you do for somebody else.”

The duo then moved to Randal’s favorite lunch spot, Mi Amore Market.  While feasting on some delicious salmon, broccoli rabe and “dirty rice” (Randal’s fav!) we learned more about his upbringing, business and time with Donald Trump!

To close out the segment, we walked over to New York Sports Club and exercised with Randal’s trainer, the super-energetic Malik Wright.  “You can’t withstand my kind of lifestyle without taking care of the body.  This is the temple!” Randal explains.

For more on Randal, visit his official site at RandalPinkett.com.