Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Celtic Knot Irish Pub Will Open in Wanaque

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Celtic Knot Irish Pub Will Open in Wanaque

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"It needs some work both structurally, mechanically, electrically, you name it."

Steve Coppa

Architect for the project

WANAQUE – A new Irish pub is slated to open in the Haskell section building that once housed the now-shuttered bar Roar of the Crowd.

The opening of Celtic Knot will be held as soon as the new owners can "fix up" the building.

The building, at the corner of Union and Haskell avenues, has been vacant for a few years and has noticeable damage to the exterior. It is near the Stop & Shop and an entrance ramp to Route 287.

Mayor Daniel Mahler said the owners wanted to open by St. Patrick's Day, March 17, but called that deadline "very optimistic."

The new owners received Planning Board approval to fix up the deteriorating building and need to appear before the Passaic County Planning Board, where a number of items need to be addressed to bring it up to standards.

"The entire interior now has been gutted," Steve Coppa, the architect for the project, told the Planning Board last month during an amended site plan review. "It needs some work both structurally, mechanically, electrically, you name it."

Ownership of the property changed hands when Brendan Murphy and Terry Duffy bought it in late 2015. Duffy is a Passaic County freeholder and the owner of Duffy's Tavern in Paterson.

The layout inside will basically be the same, Coppa said, noting that new bathrooms were added to comply with state accessibility requirements.

"The rest of it is going to operate just as it always did," he said. "It's an open space with a bar and some tables for food."

He described it as an Irish pub where patrons will be able to grab a burger with their cocktail of choice. There are 63 seats planned inside, including the bar stools and table seating.

A second-floor apartment has been demolished to the studs and needs to be reconstructed, Coppa added. It's a single unit with a living room, kitchen and three bedrooms.

The owners, Coppa said, want the option of keeping it as an apartment, but haven't made a final decision on that space yet. …

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