Glowing Menorah, Choir, Light show to celebrate Chanukah on the Green

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A giant Menorah, music, jelly doughnuts and a fire and light show are planned.

The Rabbinical College of America, and its affiliate, Chabad Young Professionals of Morristown will ignite a public 14 foot menorah erected at the Morristown Green, followed by a community-wide celebration on the Fifth night of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 28th at 5:30pm.

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New Model with Spectacular Views Offers Great Visual of Life in a 40 Park Penthouse

The developers of 40 Park in Morristown recently introduced a new, fully-furnished Penthouse model after selling the previous model. The public is invited to tour the model during an open house being held Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

40 Park’s brand new, fully-furnished Penthouse model is now open. The spectacular new Penthouse features sensational views from a magnificent terrace that is ideal for entertaining.

Following the recent sale of a furnished Penthouse model at 40 Park that inspired many buyers to make this luxury Morristown condominium building their new home, Roseland Property Company and Woodmont Properties are introducing this new two-bedroom, 2 ½-bath-plus-den Penthouse model Sunday, June 5th, during 40 Park’s Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The new model is located on the sixth floor of 40 Park and features views of the adjacent public piazza and scenic DeHart Street. The expansive design boasts 1,960 square feet of interior living space and a magnificent 900 square-foot outdoor terrace off of the living and dining rooms that provides an ideal setting for dining al fresco, relaxing with a good book or entertaining guests. Both bedrooms also lead to a private balcony for additional outdoor space.

“We decided to create another phenomenal furnished Penthouse model because so many of our buyers are transitioning from very large single-family homes and the models are extremely effective in helping them visualize themselves in these sophisticated, open, single-level homes,” said Debra Tantleff, a Vice President of Development at Roseland Property Company. “That is particularly true with our Penthouses. Seeing the generous interior space with your own eyes and marveling at the views from the private terrace makes it easy to appreciate the level of luxury and the unique lifestyle opportunities that await 40 Park buyers.”

The furnished model home utilizes tasteful, modern furnishings to enhance the Penthouse’s upscale features, such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Kohler whirlpool tubs and Brazilian walnut hardwood floors. Furniture and accessories on the terrace show buyers how they can take advantage of the relaxing outdoor space.

“Our model residences have been very well received, leading to sales of many unique designs in the building as well as to the model homes themselves,” Ms. Tantleff points out. “For those buyers looking for alternative design ideas, we offer a free consultation with a professional interior designer, who will help them choose a style that suits their unique needs and tastes.”

Available for $1.315 million, the Penthouse model represents one of the best opportunities to own a luxury residence with magnificent outdoor living space in Morristown, and the lifestyle perks don’t end there. 40 Park is located right across the street from Morristown’s famed colonial Green, a central gathering point and one of the most scenic downtown settings in all of New Jersey. Dozens of upscale shops, restaurants and cultural destinations are a short walk away.
Roots Steak House, Urban Table, Qdoba Mexican Grill and the AT&T Store are all located in the Shops on the Green on the ground floor of 40 Park, with a Starbucks coming soon. Amenity-rich Headquarters Plaza, The Morristown Train Station and the Mayo Performing Arts Center are all within two blocks.

Residents of 40 Park also enjoy The Park Center, a private amenity floor within the building that includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, billiard tables, flat screen TVs and a media room. Guests who decide to leave the tranquility of their homes and terraces come to The Park Center to relax, exercise and socialize with their neighbors. All homes also come with private, indoor parking and concierge service.

Only a limited number of homes are available in the award-winning building of 76 luxury condominium residences. All one-, two- and three-bedroom condos feature a variety of layouts. Prices currently range from the mid- $700,000s to $1 million for the Signature residences. The building’s Penthouses, priced from $1 million to $2.2 million, include up to 3,200 square feet of living space and provide extraordinary private terraces of up to 1,800 square feet of outdoor living space.

For more information on 40 Park, please call 973-359-0010 or visit www.40park.com. The community is located at 40 W. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960. Guests who are unable to attend the open house can call to arrange a private tour.

City Chic Suburban Style

by Candace Wells
Park Place Magazine

You feel like you’re in New York City when you sit here,” says Andy Silverstein, general manager of Morristown’s new Roots Steakhouse.

Located in the heart of downtown, on the Morristown Green, this new dining spot feels as posh as any you would find in the Big Apple, but with the luxury of more relaxed—and convenient—surroundings.

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Roots Steakhouse
40 W Park Place
973-326-1800

The skinny:
Elegant fine-dining steakhouse with a lively bar scene.

The interior has a clean, upscale design. Framed prints adorn the wood-clad walls and a large mural portrays life-size guests enjoying a good time—a familiar real-life scene at this already-popular restaurant. The dining room, which accommodates about 140 guests, features booth as well as table seating, complete with white-linen tablecloths and sleek, comfortable, leather-cushioned chairs. Ambient lighting is accomplished with hanging chandeliers, small sconces and tabletop candles. The expansive bar, separate, but in view of the dining area, seats more than 20.

The cuisine, brought forth by executive chef Steve DeMarco, is that of a traditional steakhouse, featuring popular cuts like the 16-ounce prime New York strip, porterhouse and 12-ounce filet mignon. Of course, there is plenty to choose from besides beef. Starters include lobster bisque, lump-crab cocktail and French onion soup, and salads such as seared salmon with greens, and arugula with sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

Seafood entrees include shrimp scampi, grilled rare tuna steak Nicoise and 10-ounceswordfish steak served with bacon-garlic butter and oregano. The warm open-face turkey sandwich accompanied by frites, Cobb salad, Goffle Farms chicken breast and spicy barbecue baby back ribs are among the non-beef dinner options. For the best of both worlds, choose surf-and-turf, which pairs a 1 1/4 lobster with any steak or chop.

One of Roots’s signature steaks.

SIGNATURE SWEETS: Warm butter cake with blueberry compote and whipped cream.

Traditional desserts, overseen by pastry chef Joe Murray, range from Roots’s signature warm butter cake, served with blueberry compote and fresh whipped cream to crème brulée; red velvet cake; and the popular ice cream sundae, which is drizzled with chocolate, caramel and raspberry sauces and garnished with candied pecans.

With a wine list that features more than 100 selections, patrons can find the perfect label to pair with their meals. Top-shelf liquors and champagnes are also available.

Roots is one of Morris Plains-based Harvest Restaurants’ eight eateries located throughout the state, including Tabor Road Tavern in Morris Plains, Ciao in Basking Ridge and Roots Steakhouse in Summit, opened in 2006. Chester “Chip” Grabowski and Bob Moore, owners of the corporation, have continued to expand with the Roots launch this past January, and Urban Table, a casual dining concept, which opened in Morristown in April.

Roots is open for lunch from 11:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, and from 12 to 4 pm on Sundays. Dinner is served until 10 pm Monday through Thursday, until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday, and until 9 pm on Sunday.

See the article in Park Place Magazine.

Morristown Mayor Leads Grand Opening of Roots Steakhouse


By Betsy Kraat
NJ&Company

MORRISTOWN–Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty joined fellow municipal officials and members of the business community at a February 15th ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Roots Steak House, the latest addition to the Shops on the Green in downtown Morristown.

The 6,000 sf steakhouse, located on the ground level of the 40 Park residential building, offers restaurant-goers a classic, upscale dining experience across the street from the Morristown Green. The interior features warm mahogany wood panels, comfortable seating for 140 and tasteful artwork, giving the restaurant a sophisticated air reminiscent of an old-fashioned New York steakhouse. A lunch and full dinner menu are available, including superb cuts of beef grilled on an 1800-degree broiler, as well as gourmet veal, lamb, chicken and seafood selections.

This is the second location for Roots Steak House, with the original Roots located in Summit.

“The buzz has been building for a long time,” said Grant Halliday, director of operations for Harvest Restaurants, the parent company of Roots Steak House and owner of seven other restaurants in the region, including Urban Table which will open its doors at The Shops on the Green in March. “We feel the steakhouse concept has a lot of staying power.”

A total of 70,000 square feet of retail space, which in part forms the foundation of the 40 Park luxury condominium building and adjacent Metropolitan at 40 Park luxury rental building, comprises the Shops on the Green. An AT&T retail store opened late last year, and Qdoba is scheduled to open later this spring, joining Roots Steak House and Urban Table. The retail space wraps around the building, offering businesses a highly visible location that can be accessed from Market Street, the Morristown Green or the 40 Park public piazza which leads to a new enclosed public parking garage.

Outdoor seating for the restaurants at The Shops on the Green will be available on the professionally-landscaped piazza, providing restaurant goers a relaxing and charming setting from which to enjoy their meal. Outdoor seating will also be available on Park Place, across from the Morristown Green.

“A restaurant as popular and well-regarded as Roots Steak House is a great addition to downtown Morristown and a perfect complement to the evolving retail center at The Shops on the Green,” said Debra Tantleff, a Vice President of Development at Roseland Property Company, which along with joint venture partner Woodmont Properties is in the latter stages of a $300 million redevelopment effort that has reshaped and revitalized the historic downtown.

“This is an ideal location for businesses that wish to benefit from Morristown’s vibrant, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and the area’s abundant daytime workforce. Our residents are excited about this new dining option, and the retail community is thrilled to have to have a new destination anchor attracting visitors to Morristown.”

Roots Steakhouse in Morristown Offers an Upscale Experience

Scott Eadie, executive general manager of Roots Steakhouse, at the door of the wine cellar. / STAFF PHOTO: KAREN FUCITO with Asbury Park Press


By TRICIA VANDERHOOF
Asbury Park Press
February 23, 2011

The Harvest Group, headed by Chester “Chip” Grabowski and Robert (Bob) Moore, is a concept that began in 1996 with Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery in Berkeley Heights.

Microbrews crafted there are featured at all Harvest venues: Grato and Tabor Road Tavern in Morris Plains, 3 West and Ciao Cucina in Basking Ridge, Huntley Taverne and Roots Steakhouse in Summit and open-by-spring Urban Table in Morristown.

Harvest combines urban edge with suburban flair, and now there is one more: Roots Steakhouse at 40 Park Place, Morristown. The name derives from a clothing store that once occupied Harvest’s Summit building and included a branch in Morristown, and advertisements from the classic haberdashery are part of the stunning decor.

Read the full article in the Asbury Park Press.

Can’t get a reservation? Here’s a Video Toast to Morristown’s Roots, the ‘Copacabana of Morris County’

by Kevin Coughlin
February 17, 2011

Last month our roving video camera took you to the long-awaited re-opening of the blast-damaged Morristown & Township Library.

Now, we take you inside another much-anticipated opening, at Roots SteakHouse in Morristown. As we’ve noted previously, it’s a classy place that is the commercial centerpiece of the downtown redevelopment.

“It’s the Copacabana of Morris County,” Steve Santola, who emceed the event for the developers, remarks in the opening minute of the video, above. You can be the judge of that.

Some good numbers are here. For a flavor of Tuesday’s official opening, check out the 14-minute video, which culminates in a toast to the health of the new enterprise.

What makes this interesting is the cast. It’s a Who’s Who of Morristown redevelopment, featuring rare cameos by public officials, restaurateurs and the people from the Woodmont and Roseland development groups who made the 40 Park, Metropolitan, Highlands at Morristown Station and Vail Mansion luxury projects happen despite the worst recession in memory.

(Off-camera, we asked Lewis Zlotnick, president of Woodmont Properties, how they pulled this off. He credited the strength and vision of Woodmont and Roseland, a migration of people to downtowns with public transit and “great infrastructures,” and recognition that the economy is cyclical. “Things recover faster than they did years ago,” he said.)

It’s also worth noting which Morristown mayors are present…and which ones are not.

Here are some video highlights, if you want to fast-forward:

Steve Santola, general counsel, Woodmont Properties

0:45: “It’s the Copacabana of Morris County.”

1:00: “We watched the town deliver on promises to reinvent itself and make it even greater than it was before

1:25 to 2:00: “Things like this don’t just happen.” Cites officials willing to look beyond election cycles to accomplish projects.

Mayor Tim Dougherty

2:15: “This doesn’t happen alone.” The Democratic mayor invites a Republican former mayor to join him.

3:20: Acknowledges “fabulous” restaurant and liaison work of Debra Tantleff of the Roseland Property Co.

4:00: “Anyone coming to our town should make sure to come here…it not only benefits us, but it benefits all the other restaurants here in town. . . (because) You’re not going to eat steak every night–though it is that good.”

Former Mayor Jay DeLaney

5:20: Acknowledges town planning officials

Steve Santola

7:35: “Julia Childs said you only eat diet food while the steak is cooking.”

8:00: More acknowledgements. Says the development team courted Harvest Restaurants (owners of Roots) for 18 months.

Chip Grabowski, partner in Harvest Restaurants (Roots)

9:44 Acknowledges business partner Bob Moore.

10:00: After first two weeks of business in Morristown, “we’re humbled…our first two weeks have been awesome.” Thanks town officials for cooperation and for welcoming Roots with “open arms.”

11:30: “Now it’s our turn to answer the bell and hopefully put out the right product with the right service and gain a reputation here in Morristown that I think Harvest has throughout all its properties.” (Roots is the eighth restaurant in the Summit-based chain.)

Steve Santola introduces Carl Goldberg, managing partner of the Roseland Property Co., “the greatest partners on the planet,” at 12:00.

Carl Goldberg, Roseland Property Co., delivers a toast to Roots

13:30: “What is it that really defines a great redevelopment? It’s about creating a place of destination. Under the leadership of Mayor Dougherty, Morristown is creating the preeminent place of destination in the state of New Jersey. And this restaurant is a wonderful example of what it means in the quality of life that you enjoy when you come to visit Morristown.”

14:00 Acknowledges PNC Bank and Prudential Real Estate Investors for backing the 40 Park project.

14:35: The toast.

Read the full article from Morristown Green.

Special thanks to our friends at Morristown Green for covering this event!

Morristown, NJ: Roots Steakhouse Open for Business on the Green

Roots Steakhouse is Open for Business - Photo courtesy of Morristown Patch


Daily Record
February 16, 2011

Roots Steakhouse held a grand opening ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the second business at 40 Park on the Green where two other businesses are scheduled to open over the next couple of months at the former Epstein’s department store site.

More than a hundred people filled the restaurant where developers and local officials participated in a champagne toast and ate hors d’oeuvres that included steak, lobster, and tuna tartare. Several officials said Roots, which actually has been open for the past two weeks, would draw more people to town.

“The opening of Roots not only benefits us as a community, but it benefits all of the other restaurants we have in town,” Mayor Timothy Dougherty said, adding that people can’t eat steak every night.

Dougherty acknowledged former mayor John “Jay” DeLaney Jr., who was in attendance, as a force behind the development. Other local officials in the crowd included freeholder John Murphy and council members Rebecca Feldman and Alison Deeb.

The former Epstein’s site includes 40 Park, with its 76 luxury condo units, and the Metropolitan, a luxury rental complex with 130 units, 10 of them affordable housing. Another 36-unit condominium with 7,000 square feet of retail space is part of the redevelopment plan but has not yet been built.

Roots, an upscale steakhouse with a sister restaurant in Summit, is the second business to open at 40 Park, which has 55,000 square feet of retail space. The first was an AT&T wireless phone store. Developers said a Mexican fast food restaurant is scheduled to open by early May. Roots’ owners plan to open another restaurant in the same building next month called Urban
Table, which will have an eclectic menu and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“We’ve been looking at Morristown for a long time,” said Chip Grabowski, an owner of Harvest Restaurants, a group that includes Roots. “We feel Morristown is growing and this development is part of that.”

When Urban Table opens, the Harvest group will own nine restaurants, four in Morris County, including Tabor Road Tavern and the Grato at the intersection of Routes 10 and 53 in Parsippany.

Debra Tantleff, vice president of development for Roseland, one of the site’s developers, said 70 percent of the condos at 40 Park, where the price range is $400,000 to $2.2 million, have been sold while 35 percent of the retail space is leased. She said all of the rental units at the Metropolitan, where the rent ranges from $2,000 to $3,600, are occupied. There are not yet any businesses located in that building’s 11,000-square-feet of retail space, she said.

Tantleff called the opening of Roots “the culmination of all of our efforts,” saying it would contribute to the area’s “streetscape” and nightlife.

Read the full article in the Daily Record