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New Italian Restaurant Coming to Elm Street

Owners of planned Fiore's Italian Restaurant anticipate opening Morristown's newest dining destination in a few months.

Nino Kabashi feels different when he is in Morristown.

The restaurateur has owned and operated restaurants in New Jersey for almost 15 years. However, when it has come to his time off, Kabashi often found himself in Morristown with his wife and children. 

So, when an opportunity to open a restaurant here materialized, Kabashi jumped at the chance.

The Planning Board approved Kabashi's Fiore's Italian Restaurant Thursday night. Only Planning Board member Joseph Kaine voted down the plan, citing parking issues, said Martin Newark, the attorney representing property owner 12 Elm Street LLC.

The 92-seat dining destination—68 inside, 24 outside—comes after that building had been approved with plans for retail on its first floor. However, "in the 10 years passed while it was being built and it's been up, no retail tenant materialized," Newmark said. "They concluded the location at the end of the Central Business District is where people don't tend to shop."

But, they do tend to eat. "He thinks like everyone else Morristown is a place to have a restaurant," Newark said of Kabashi.

A native of Albania who grew up in Milano, Italy, Kabashi moved to the United States in 1995. In 1998, he opened his first restaurant in Martinsville then moved on to Nino's on the River in Clinton in 2002.

Kabashi said his businesses have always been and will continue to be family affairs. He serves as head chef while his brother, John, handles the floor. "My wife and I cook," Nino Kabashi said. "We have a whole team working together."

Having grown up in Milano, "we're doing north Italian," Kabashi said. "Chicken, veal. The south is more Lasagna, Parmagiana."

Fiore's will comprise 4,400 square feet, with 1,700 square feet on the basement being utilized for bathrooms and storage. The 2,700 square foot main floor will feature an open kitchen, allowing diners to see the chefs at work.

Kabashi said he is full steam ahead with the project since his previous restaurant has been sold since October. He said he hopes to open sometime in the next couple months.

It cannot come any sooner. "I've always liked Morristown," he said. "It's a beautiful town. I feel different here."

Cara DePalma December 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
There was a small bookstore on South Street next to the Library but it closed years ago. With Amazon and ebooks, there just isn't the market for it. Sages Pages in Madison is a great little bookstore if you need it!
Mike Bower December 08, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Ok Ok... I know if you've read my past stuff Im starting to sound like a broken record but... COME ON!!!!! Another ITALIAN restaurant?????? Are you effin kidding me????? I know I know your food is the best blah blah blah... Good luck with that location... Holy cow where does Morristown find these wide eyed enthuthists that pay all those fees and then fail miserably.... (see tomato pie) BY BY Tomato pie... Word to the four geniouses that are opening the four "New" Italian restaurants... Olive Lucy, Millies, Godfather and now THis... GOOD LUCK! I hope you have a lot of money to waste!!
Joseph Torres December 09, 2012 at 03:42 PM
so where will the patrons of this restaurant park, and I guess all deliveries will take place off the truck on Elm as if that area isn’t congested enough, good move planning board
Motown Resident December 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I am looking forward to another dining choice, great point Joseph, I'm not looking forward to trying to pass a double parked delivery truck on Elm Street. As for the Walsh Bowling Alley, it was an allowable use in a business zoned area, I think the residents moving to the hustle and bustle of the downtown should understand that is city living. If I recall, Community Place residents sought a zoning variance to build the townhouses. They also freeing chose to purchase next to (at the time a planned) 7 story public parking garage. But, as Ryan would say, stay on point, I'm thrilled to have another dining choice and good luck!
AC May 25, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I ate there opening night and it was fantastic!!! I can't even make a suggestion at this time. A few prices were high but there are some cheaper options listed too. I had a chicken dish and my friend had homemade pasta dish. Both were outstanding. They need to get a menu up on-line now. I will absolutely go a lot.

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