The owner of Agricola Restaurant is opening a bar and bistro at Princeton University’s Arts and Transit project. Jim Nawn, the owner of Fenwick Hospitality Group, opened Agricola in 2013. It is a farm-to-table eatery located on Witherspoon Street associated with Great Road Farm.
The new restaurant and bar will be situated in the north and south buildings of the old train station, which is located about 400 feet away from the new station (relocated to accommodate the Arts and Transit Center project over objections of some town residents).
The transit elements of the Arts and Transit Project were completed last year and include the new station, a Wawa convenience store, and a parking lot. Three buildings still under construction at the center will be rehearsal and performance spaces for the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music.
In 2013 the Terra Momo Group, which already operates Mediterra, Teresa’s Caffe, and Eno Terra, was selected to run the new bar and restaurant operation. But that deal was called off, and the university purchased a liquor license from restaurateur Jack Morrison, who owns Witherspoon Grill and Blue Point Grill in town. That set the stage for a second round of applications.
“Fenwick Hospitality Group presented us with exciting and well-conceived concepts for two dining locations that will be important components of the overall Arts and Transit Project. The plans that they have developed will offer attractive options for commuters, theater-goers, campus and community residents,” said Kristin Appelget, director of community and regional affairs and a member of the university committee that selected the group.
“The look and design of the proposed bar and bistro will bring freshness and vibrancy to the former station buildings,” said Paul Finley, the university’s program manager for real estate development. “Fenwick delivered creative solutions for both venues.”
The university said the bar, slated for a 2016 opening, will seat 60, and the restaurant will seat 125 inside and 50 outside when it opens in 2017. The restaurant will feature a French-influenced menu that — like Agricola — will emphasize locally supplied ingredients.
“We are very excited about working with the university in transforming the arts and transit neighborhood into a new cultural, social, and dining destination for Princeton,” Nawn said. “We pride ourselves on our service and quality, and we look forward to welcoming a diverse community of commuters, visitors and residents to experience what we’ll offer.”
The architect for the station complex is Rick Joy Architects of Tucson, Arizona. The interior of the bar and bistro will be designed by Celano Design Studio, New York.
#b#Town Consults With Tax Lawyer#/b#
Martin Allen, the lawyer who represented Morristown in a successful lawsuit to make the nonprofit Morristown Medical Center pay property taxes, has made a pro bono appearance before the Princeton Town Council in a closed-door session.
Allen met with the council on Monday, November 23. The town of Princeton has thus far stayed neutral in a similar lawsuit against Princeton University, brought by four town residents who want to make the institution pay taxes. The town is named as a defendant in the case.
The Morristown Medical Center recently reached a $15 million settlement with the township and agreed to pay property taxes on about 25 percent of its land due to the hospital’s financial relationships with for-profit companies.
Princeton Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller told the Princeton Packet weekly newspaper that the meeting was scheduled so that officials could “cover our bases” and “make sure we’re doing the right thing” in the residents’ litigation. Crumiller has indicated that she is pulling for the residents, given the university would pay more in property taxes if they win, according to the Packet.
Actavis, 661 Route 1 South, North Brunswick 08902; 862-261-8610; fax, 862-261-8604. www.actavis.com.
Actavis, a pharmaceutical company with an office on Route 1, has a connection to the one of the biggest “corporate inversion” mergers in history. Actavis is a subsidiary of Allergan, the Ireland-headquartered maker of Botox, which has reached a $160 billion deal to acquire its larger U.S.-based rival, Pfizer, the maker of Viagra.
The merger would allow the combined company to pay corporate income taxes in Ireland, saving it billions and depriving the U.S. of tax revenue. Its American corporate tax rate is between 15 and 30 percent, compared to 12.5 percent in Ireland. Most of Allergan’s facilities and employees are based in Parsippany despite its tax-friendly Irish headquarters.
President Obama has criticized the practice of companies re-incorporating offshore as unpatriotic, and the government recently introduced rules to make such inversions more difficult.
SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., 20 Scotch Road, Ewing 08628; 609-406-0100; fax, 609-406-0307. Gary Van Nostrand, president and CEO. www.servbhs.org.
SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., a mental health nonprofit group, has promoted Pauline Simms, opposite page, to COO of all SERV centers statewide, and appointed two other women to management positions.
Simms, who joined SERV in 1997, was previously director of SERV Centers of New Jersey’s northern region. Simms is a graduate of the University of Coventry in Britain, where she earned a certificate of qualification in social work and a bachelor’s in professional and social studies. She received her master’s in social science and management from the University of Birmingham, Britain.
“Pauline has demonstrated an ability to creatively solve problems as they arise. She will be a great addition to the executive team,” said Gary van Nostrand, CEO of SERV.
#b#New in Town#/b#
Platinum Helicopters, 41 Airpark Road, Princeton Airport, Building C, Princeton 08540; 609-937-8787; Evan Van Gilson, owner and chief pilot. www.flyplatinumhelicopters.com.
Nassau Helicopters is out of business at the Princeton Airport, and Platinum Helicopters has taken its place. The new business operates five helicopters for student and photo flights and will soon begin offering charter service, said owner Evan Van Gilson.
Atrium Health and Senior Living, 1000 Windrow Drive, Princeton 08540; 609-514-9111; fax, 609-419-1326, www.atriumhealthusa.com.
Atrium Post Acute Care of Princeton, 5000 Windrow Drive, Princeton 08540; 609-987-1221; fax, 609-987-0619. Rashmi Sehgal, director of nursing. www.atriumhealthusa.com.
Pavilions at Forrestal, an assisted living facility, and Pavilions Acute Care, have both changed their names to that of their parent company, Atrium.
Operation IT, 116 Village Boulevard, Suite 311, Princeton 08540; 609-520-9595. Dipak Chaterjee, vice president. www.operationIT.com.
Staff IT, an information technology staffing and consulting firm, has changed its name to Operation IT.
GSTAR, 104 Village Boulevard, Princeton.
GStar Medical, a seller of medical safety goods, has left 104 Village Boulevard in Forrestal Village. A man answering the phone at the company’s listed number said it was out of business.
Sign-A-Rama of East Windsor, 859 Route 130 North, East Windsor.
The East Windsor location of the Sign-a-Rama chain has closed. The listed phone number of the Route 130 business was disconnected.
Sun National Bank, 47 Princeton Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction.
Sun National Bank has closed its Princeton-Hightstown Road branch. The bank still has branches on Route 33 in Hamilton Square, 1 North Main Street in Pennington, and Route 27 in Kendall Park.
Virani, 50 Millstone Road, Building 400, East Windsor.
Virani, an IT consulting firm specializing in the insurance and reinsurance industries, has left its Millstone Road office in East Windsor. Its website was offline and messages to its voicemail were not returned.
Michele Avanzato, 66, on November 20. She was director of the Cittone Institute, a technical school, and had a business degree from Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey.)
Linda M. Carazzai, 48, on November 21. She was employed by Princeton Instruments of Trenton.
Constance R. Hunt, 65, on November 15. She was a special education teacher in Hamilton.
Alfred Langevin Sr., 78, on November 20. He owned Fred’s Auto Body Service in Ewing and was retired from Coleman Auto Group.
Carol Ann McCall, 76, on November 15. She was an elementary and middle school teacher in the Hamilton public school district.
Joyce Palumbo, 59, on November 16. She was principal at Kisthardt and Mercerville elementary schools in Hamilton.
Charles L. Rojer, on November 12. Rojer, born in Belgium in 1934, was a Holocaust survivor who became a doctor in the Philadelphia area after the war, specializing in head and neck surgery. He was vice president of the Old Guard of Princeton and was a frequent speaker telling his story of survival to numerous school and community groups.
Marie “Pat” Wyckoff, 74, on November 20. She was an executive secretary for the state Department of Human Services.