Acting as the local alcoholic beverage control board on Tuesday, May 16, the Maplewood Township Committee approved a person-to-person transfer of a liquor license from resident Tom Kerns to M160 LLC, the entity owned by Clarus developer Joe Forgione.
Forgione plans to use the license for a 120-seat farm-to-table restaurant owned and operated byMaplewood residents Tom and Jennifer Carlin and slated to open at the Clarus this year.
Tom Carlin is a chef/restaurateur who lives in Maplewood. Tom and Jennifer are the husband-and-wife team behind the Gladstone Tavern in Gladstone, NJ. The two signed a lease for a roughly 4,000 square-foot ground floor space in The Clarus in October 2016.
“We are thrilled to be opening a restaurant in the Village,” wrote Jennifer Carlin in an email to the Village Green last fall. “We are so appreciative to Joe Forgione for securing the liquor license for this venture. This is home for us, our family [was] raised here, Tom [is] a lifelong resident here. We are looking forward to being a part of the fabric of Maplewood and adding a welcome and warm destination for our guests to enjoy, laugh, love, relax, and celebrate everyday life.”
Last October, the Carlins said that they planned to open the restaurant and bar in 2017. There is no word yet on the name of the new restaurant. The Carlins have not yet responded to an email sent from Village Green after the May 16 meeting. This article will be updated when the Carlins respond.
Read more about the venture in this Village Green article from October.