Wine bar in the works for Main Street space

A one-time shoe store and later a banquet hall on Irving Street Main Street that has changed hands a couple times in recent years is expected to be transformed into a wine bar.

Main St.1519.SchwartzShoesAwningThe three-story property on Irving Street Main Street has been undergoing renovations of late. Recent work on the facade uncovered an awning for “Schwartz Shoes,” which operated in the storefront until about 1980, I’m told. A sign in the front window still has a sign for the Paramount Banquet Hall, which was the most recent occupant of the site several years ago.

The Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board in January approved a transfer of the liquor license formerly held by Koza’s Tavern. Koza’s was demolished in 2009 and the West Scott Avenue site was approved for a 10-unit apartment building that was completed last year.Main St.1519

The three-story, mixed-used property at 1519 Main St. was sold in November 2015 for $70,000 by Warren-based HFP10, LLC, to 1519 Main St., LLC, which lists a North Wood Avenue address in Linden that also houses DenVal Realty.

The property had initially been bought by HudsonFive, which was targeting infill properties in Rahway, for $90,000 in October 2014, according to property records. A fire in March 2015 damaged parts of the building.

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