Ever been to the Station Bar and Grill in downtown Garwood? Another one’s coming to downtown Rahway.
The Planning Board last night unanimously approved a minor site plan for a vacant, one-story office building at 1530 Irving St., across from Park Square.
Principal Robert Destefanis hopes to have the restaurant operating by Thanksgiving at the earliest, describing the 6,900-square-foot restaurant as an upscale Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse. He’s owned and operated the Garwood eatery, formerly Robert’s Steakhouse, since 1990.
Destefanis told the Planning Board he’d like to preserve as much of the old interior as possible, including tile ceilings and brick. Planning Board members had few concerns except for possible issues about an additional stairwell or exit, and a planned mezzanine in a rear event room, which might be considered a second floor depending on its size.
The property, about a third of an acre, was acquired in April 2006 for $525,000, according to propertyshark.com. Assessed at $205,000, the site paid about $9,750 in property taxes last year. Destefanis said the liquor license was acquired from the former Triangle Inn, which has become part of the Renaissance at Rahway development at East Grand Avenue and Monroe Street.