Fair Lawn is getting something called the Fair Lawn Promenade along route 208. This is right next to the gym, so I noticed recently when they started leveling out the ground and clearing the weeds. It’s been empty lots for a long time.
My first thought: It needs a brewpub. The signs mention retail and dining, so why not? It profiles as a “upscale town center environment” and given the inclusion of some affordable two-bedroom apartments, it stands to reason that it will promote people just like me. By that I mean couples in-between owning a house and graduating from college. In my experience this is a demographic that appreciates real beer and would enjoy being able to get locally brewed beer a stone’s throw from home.
So why not a brewpub, preferably one with a beer garden, for us to enjoy? There are already a bunch of apartments within walking distance, which is where I live, so it’d be a great place for a happy hour or watching a game. It would create that nice city benefit of living within walking distance of a cool bar or restaurant while still living in the suburbs.
I saw brewpub even though a typical sports bar with a good beer selection would probably work too. This particular area could use a microbrewery serving good food, because to my knowledge there isn’t one anywhere nearby. Building from scratch could provide the ability to factor in a nice beer garden too, with long benches and trees.
Certainly if I had the capital to start up a business, I’d be all over this.