NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — If you enjoy seafood, you’re going to like this news. Princeton-based Blue Point Grill is coming to Newtown.
On Wednesday night, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors gave conditional use approval for the family-owned restaurant to open at 3 West Road next to the TD Bank at the Newtown Shopping Center.
“We have looked for a long time in Newtown and we’re really excited about this opportunity,” said Jack Morrison, the owner of the the Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Co., the Witherspoon Grill, Kristine’s and the Blue Point Grill restaurants, all located in Princeton.
“I opened Nassau Street Seafood 40 years ago this month,” said Morrison. “I’m a died in the wool fish guy. We opened the Blue Point Grill in 1999 – 23 years ago. We’re a family-run restaurant. We have crayons for the kids. It’s a low key, fun place to be.”
Morrison appeared before the township supervisors Wednesday night seeking conditional use approval to open at the site of the former Corner Bakery Cafe, which will undergo major renovations before opening sometime next spring.
BPG, a family-owned restaurant which opened its doors in 1999 on Nassau Street in historic Princeton, N.J., is known for its extensive selection of impeccably-fresh seafood served in a fun, lively family atmosphere.
It’s menu is swimming with fresh seafood, including 15 different varieties of east and west coast oysters, 25 different kinds of beautifully-prepared fish and delicious classics such as New England clam chowder and lump crab cakes.
“It’s a real fish house,” said Morrison. “The menu will change daily, reflecting an assortment of the freshest catch. And all of our seafood is simply and beautifully prepared to reveal its natural, delicious flavor.”
The 5,000 square foot restaurant will seat about 145 inside with an additional 36 seats on an outdoor patio. It will also feature a small eight to 10 person bar – “a place where you’re going to meet someone before you go to dinner or grab a quick bite,” said Morrison.
“We’re not going to be a bar to drink. We’re going to be a restaurant to eat,” said Morrison. “If you’re coming for a cocktail at 10 p.m. that’s not who we are.”
Morrison, who originally asked the township to approve a liquor license transfer from outside the township but was denied, has secured a license from the former Friends Bar and Grill which closed its doors earlier this year in the Village at Newtown.
Morrison is projecting that 75 percent of BPG’s sales would be food with alcohol sales making up about 25 percent. “Our sales of alcoholic beverages will be to complement our food sales,” said Morrison.
While the supervisors approved hours of operation of between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., Morrison said the restaurant will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and initially from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with the possibility of lunchtime service in the future.
In addressing concerns over parking, Morrison’s land development lawyer Mike Meginniss noted that the seafood house would be a complementary use to the neighboring TD Bank, which shares the 52 space parking lot.
“We believe this is a good synergistic use with the peak hours of the bank during the day and BPG being a dinner operation,” said Meginniss.
Meginniss also noted that employees will be directed to park in the ACME parking lot across the street to keep the parking lot open to BPG customers.
“We also believe this will be a less intense use from a traffic standpoint than the Corner Bakery because the average customer will stay for about one and a half hours,” said McGinnis.
“We are very excited at long last to open this restaurant in Newtown Township,” said Meginniss.
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