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Hennessey's Washington Bar to Close by End of Year

Potential new owners have submitted plans to town that would call for larger dining area, smaller bar area.

A Morristown icon will be gone by the end of the year.

The Facebook page for Hennessey's Washington Bar, on Morris Street, announced Tuesday afternoon the business had been sold and would be closing by the end of the year.

An employee at the landmark watering hole confirmed the news, saying employees had only found out about the pending closure a couple days prior.

"The rumors are true ... Hennessey's has been sold," the Facebook message reads. "We will be here through the end of the year. We will keep you posted as to our closing date and the end of an era in Morristown. So, come down for some cheer and tears."

During Tuesday's council meeting, Town Clerk Matthew Stechauner noted the person-to-person liquor license transfer—not yet completed by the applicant—is expected to be on the Dec. 11 town council agenda. During the meeting he said one of the applicants, Paul Haley, had submitted plans that would increase the number of seats in the dining section while reducing the number in the bar area.

Hennessey's was a .

Patch will provide more information as it becomes available.

Lois Lane November 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Glad to read that new owners are thinking larger dining and less bar space. It would be nice to have a decent "grown up" place for residents to go for cocktails and dinner, even better would be small plates/tapas. Right now the only place that fills the bill for that is David Todd's.
Motown Resident November 22, 2012 at 01:27 PM
David Todd's is a "grown up" place with "grown up" prices. $40 for drinks before dinner, (1 round) and $250 for dinner and apps. for four. (I know, you have to pay to play)...............
Paddy O'Furniture November 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Good for Jim bad for those of us who have patronized the place we called "the Wash", "ham-bones" and "second home" for 35 years or more. Go in and look at the picture of the original Washington Hotel near the front door. There is a history and legacy there! You can't stop progress but we can hope for simple reminders of how it used to be and Hennessey's always reminded me of the good old days.
Nancy Bodnar December 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Very sad for Hennessy's patrons. Hope he enjoys a happy & well deserved retirement. Many fond memories of good conversations while sitting on the pew before remodeling...;-)
Angelina Fontaine January 11, 2013 at 03:18 AM
that sounds accurate, the trust was created by his mother...i am sure there is a way to find out..just not sure how

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