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Visions For Vacancies: What Should Move To 50 Upper Montclair Plaza?

Perhaps another steakhouse?


Let's call this a modern spin on community planning—Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table.

In an occasional column, we'll present a new vacant space and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules, and all the other zoning jargon that puts people most to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

We launched this new occasional feature several weeks ago by focusing on the now vacant spot at 622 Valley Road in Upper Montclair, the former home of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. (Unfortunately, it's still vacant!)

This week, we're asking what you think should move into the space at 50 Upper Montclair Plaza, where Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, one of the few restaurants that had a liquor license, once stood just a few doors down from and

The space has been vacant since the end of 2010. Since then, Tallmadge Cheese Market in Upper Montclair Plaza also has closed—replaced by the lovely

So what should go into the former Charlie Brown's space? Another steakhouse? Remember the great salad bar Charlie Brown's used to have? And the spacious bar area around the fireplace? The good news is that the plaza is frequently trafficked and enjoys ample parking.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! Know of a vacant space/building we should highlight? Email Shelley@patch.com.

grewupinmtc April 02, 2012 at 04:15 PM
The movie theater should take it over and do dinner and movie but not like the deal in essex, that was a bust. Keep it a steak house and put up huge flat panels on every wall. Have seating times like trumpets and show the current movies that are out. Place is big enough to show at least two different movies at a time.
Shelley Emling April 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
That's a really good idea!
Kyle Martinowich April 02, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Technically speaking it would be best retained as a restaurant. The space already has exhaust hoods and an Ansul system which are VERY expensive to install new. Parking is terrible in that lot and the amount of business's that utilize it as primary parking is really high. I hate to say it, but I would almost guarantee it will end up being another chain restaurant. But who knows, there is so much restaurant retail space available in Montclair, I foresee nothing for a many moons... I would LIKE to see it similar to Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard on 27th St in Kips Bay section of Manhattan. Good BBQ is surely missing in this town...
Shelley Emling April 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Hope it doesn't just turn into another Applebee's or something... BBQ would be good...
chris June 16, 2013 at 06:07 PM


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