Bachmann’s begins demolition

Maybe there’s something about this time of year that makes people want to knock stuff down. A little more than a week after the old Hamilton Laundry was razed, work began on demolishing Bachmann’s Tavern on St. Georges Avenue, near the Linden border.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment in February 2007 gave its approval for a new structure (.pdf) to replace the 65-year-old tavern. Demolition started last week on the parking lot side of the building. Plans are to construct a new building with three apartments. The garage on the rear of the property will remain but be updated to match the new tavern.

The property dates back about 180 years, according to the Zoning Board meeting minutes, and some items, such as fireplace mantles, will be preserved and brought into the new structure.

Bachmann’s had a respectable showing in our “favorite bar” poll back in the spring, and you can find an “Ode to Bachmann’s” of sorts on YouTube.