Morristown Record reports on a new restaurant proposal in the Vail Mansion. This huge Golden era marble building has been the town hall, police HQ, and "front door" for a luxury apartment project. Now it may become a restaurant named after the nearby Jockey Hollow historic site.
The vote is expected to come at a meeting Tuesday, but in the meantime, Cannon’s plans are continuing to crystalize. The restaurant, which will take advantage of the mansion’s spacious, historic interior, will have a casual dining component to it, with an oyster/wine bar and cocktail lounge downstairs, and a fine-dining space upstairs that will feature a dining experience that Cannon said will make diners say “Wow,” both when they taste the food and when they get the check.
“The ultimate restaurant experience you can give people is amazing, quality food they love, and after the meal the check is less than they expected,” said Cannon. It’s hard to imagine anything more staggering than a restaurant check at the end of the fine dining experience in New York City, and that’s exactly what Cannon is capitalizing on with his new venture.
“The rent is a tenth of what it is in Manhattan, so I can give people great food and charge less for it,” he said. “My idea is not to draw diners away from other restaurants in Morristown, I want to draw people out of Manhattan. I want people to realize they don’t have to pay the tolls, and deal with parking, and the huge tab that are all part of eating out in New York — they can have a much better experience right here in New Jersey.”Cannon’s bluntness about running a business in New York stems from years of experience. Born in Manhattan, he’s owned restaurants in the city since 1979. Cannon’s restaurants include Alto, Convivio, Osteria Morini and Ai Fiori in Manhattan, and Due Mari and Due Terre, both in New Jersey.