In 2012, the state of New Jersey made a deal with the National Guard to keep the bar at a state-sanctioned high-risk facility open for entertainment for two years, with the state guaranteeing it would never have to shut down.
As a result, there were over $100 million in state grants to the bar and the community as a whole.
In 2018, however, the bar is closing after four years.
“It’s a tragic thing to see,” said the bar’s owner, the local TV personality Jennifer McSweeney, who founded the event in 2011 to draw people to the town.
“It’s hard to explain, but it’s just so sad.”
According to a 2017 report from the New Jersey Department of Justice, the New York State Liquor Control Commission has been monitoring the bar since its inception in 2010.
In 2015, the commission received complaints that patrons were getting shots and were not being given adequate warning of the dangers of being in the facility.
In June 2017, the agency began a review of the facility, and in July 2017, a panel of officials recommended that the bar be closed.
According to McSween, the bars staffs and staff members have no idea of the hazards of the situation.
“The problem with alcohol, the way it’s being consumed and the way the people that are doing the bartending are being treated,” McSudds said.
“That’s a terrible, terrible thing.”
“It seems like we’ve just taken the worst thing in the world and turned it into something else,” she continued.
“We’ve turned it from something that we can really enjoy into something that is a little bit more dangerous.”
to the state, the National Guards alcohol-monitoring program is designed to prevent the “use of alcohol in a way that would lead to death or serious bodily injury, and that would not be allowed by law.”
The report also stated that there were several reports of the use of “alcoholic beverages and/or food as weapons” and the use or consumption of firearms.
McSweeney said the closure has been particularly hard on her community.
“We’re a very close-knit, community-oriented town, and it just really hurts to lose a business,” she said.
“I think it’s something that all of us in the community are going to have to face,” she added.
“I’m just so tired of seeing people get beat up.
The bar is my home.
I’m just really tired of it.
We have to take a stand.
We are not going to let this go away.”
In 2016, the city of New Brunswick sued the state over the closure of the bar.
In its lawsuit, the town said that the state failed to provide the bar with the appropriate equipment and safety training necessary to keep patrons safe.
The state of Vermont has since approved the bar, and McS Sweeney said she expects the closure to be completed in time for the 2019 season.
“They’ll be in our backyard next year, so I can’t wait,” she joked.
“The bar is really going to be home.
The bars people are going back to.
We’re going to enjoy it.
It’s going to take off.”