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Boxcar Bar and Grill is a New Short Hills Hot Spot

by: Sue Adler
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Looking for a new place to dine out? Definitely try out the Boxcar Bar and Grill, located in the historic Short Hills train station. It’s a combination bar, restaurant and train station, all in one place. Boxcar has become a cool neighborhood hang out spot in a period of five months since it first opened its doors and a great venue for private party special occasions. Why is it so popular? For most people, train stations are exciting and indeed attractive to commuters, especially those who have craving tummies and thirsty throats.

Restaurant owners, Jane and Jeff Tauber, certainly did a super job at this Short Hills train-station-by-day, restaurant-by-night locale. They renovated the historic depot, owned by the town, dating back to 1907. Until today, it is a fully functional New Jersey Transit Train Station. The owners decorated the place embracing the train station feel — the waiting area looks a lot like a train waiting room, only with new tables, lanterns, cushions, wooden benches, all with a comfy feel. Before the ticket window closes after lunch, commuters can use the empty tables to rest their laptops and other electronics. Boxbar also has a Wi-Fi connection.

Certain more drastic changes have been made on the separate bar area. They added unique and fun features like the sparkly purple ceiling and a continuous loop of train scenes from different movies, it’s really quite entertaining. The button-tufted banquettes are comfortable areas where one can do some good people watching. The liveliness in the place will surely affect you.

There are many ways to satisfy your hunger at Boxbar in Short Hills. The kitchen is actually where the station’s first class waiting once stood. Some of the food on the menu includes juicy burgers, crispy fries, cheese pizza, fresh salads, pies and yummy desserts. There’s a selection of 13 wines and 24 different beers to choose from. A coffee service gets the early morning commuters up and ready to face their day.

Treat yourself to a fun night out at the Boxcar — 25 Chatham Road — it’s really a welcome new Short Hills spot.  Reservations for parties over 10 are welcome.


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