Location is everything and the The Boxcar Bar & Grill in Short Hills, NJ got it right. If you are from this area, you know that last Thursday night was Girls Night Out in Millburn; (My Office).. The Keller Williams Premier Properties from Summit, NJ is about to open in another location in June — Short Hills at 518 Millburn Ave, and we all decided to go out first to the NEW- BoxCar Bar & Grill. The bar/restaurant is located in the Short Hills train station; when you first come through the bar – which is a warm and open space with enough room for at least 40-50 people – it catches you off guard. This was originally a luggage room, and has been transformed into a room with 3 big screened TV’s; it brings in a local crowd right off the Midtown Direct. Lucky them! The location allows the restaurant ample amounts of parking. Millburn-Short Hills Township acquired the train station in 1966 from the Erie Lackawanna, NJ Transit’s predecessor; several years ago Millburn issued an RFD for a small breakfast concession.
From there, the Boxcar has grown to be a full service restaurant providing a niche for weary commuters and for the local community. The owners Jane and Jeff Tauber have done a stellar job keeping the integrity of the original station intact. As the weather permits, Marc Cooperman manager of the Boxcar has detailed plans for moving tables outside. As explained by Lynn Ranieri, Curator of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society, Stewart Hartshorn moved to Short Hills from NYC in the 1870’s. He loved the outdoors and sought “to entice nature loving people to move here.”
Hartshorn wanted to make it easy for people to get to and from New York City, so he built a station which cost $2,500 and persuaded the Delaware Lackawanna Railroad to run tracks trough the area.
I personally think that Stewart Hartshorn would have approved of the Boxcar-
The crowd filled the former luggage room within an hour of arrival with all the Millburn-Short Hills locals. It was a sophisticated intimate crowd, the room was packed with friends and neighbors I’ve known for years, and the food was coming out quickly and everyone was happy. Food is my passion but selling real estate is my bread and butter – Location in Real Estate has always been what it’s about, and the location of the Boxcar is going to make my life in selling Short Hills Real Estate a much easier job!