A New Restaurant is Coming to the Old Maxwell’s Tavern Space

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Update as of 10/23 8:00AM: We spoke with the new owner of Maxwell’s location, Gabi Lombardi {also the owner of Sorellina}, who shared that the location will not be a bistro as previously reported by Jersey Digs. She noted that Lombardi Bistro is the LLC that both Sorellina and the new space is under, but she’d be sharing details soon with us – but the below is what we know for now.

It’s been almost two years since Maxwell’s Tavern went out of business and now, a new restaurant is coming to the iconic space at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken. Formerly home of the rock club Maxwell’s, where bands like Nirvana and Oasis performed, Maxwell’s Tavern has transferred the property’s liquor license to a company called 1039 Washington LLC.

Lombardi Bistro is the LLC that has acquired the space at 1039 Washington, with plans to use the 3,565 square-foot space as both bar and restaurant. But first, before we get into the future plans, let’s take a look back at the history of one of Hoboken’s most iconic spaces. Keep reading to learn about the new restaurant coming to 1039 Washington.

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About Maxwell’s Tavern

Maxwell’s Tavern has always been a main staple in the Mile Square, but it gained notoriety when Bruce Springsteen taped his “Glory Days” music video there back in 1985. Then again in 2013, Maxwell’s played host to another iconic music video “Take Back the Night” by Justin Timberlake. If that weren’t enough musical street cred, iconic bands like Nirvana, Oasis, R.E.M., and the Red Hot Chili Peppers also played at the venue.

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But in 2013, shortly after Timberlake shot his video, the owners of Maxwell’s hung up the towel. According to the owners, the Mile Square had changed and the lack of parking spaces made it difficult to welcome customers. New owners dubbed it Maxwell’s Tavern as part of a rebranding effort but called it quits in 2018 after just a few years of managing the rebranded bar.

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The Future of Maxwell’s

Now it’s been almost two years since Maxwell’s became vacant. Though “for lease” signs had previously been up at the property, they’ve been removed since new owner Gabi Lombardi — of Sorellina, the Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar at 1036 Washington Street — took over the space to open a second restaurant, according to a press release issued by Sorellina.

The press release read, “We plan to continue our mission to provide first-class hospitality while celebrating Italy’s vibrant culinary culture through food and wine, and to provide a lively space where guests can meet, share & enjoy genuine food, authentic wines and great company.

We look forward to bringing another quality restaurant & bar to uptown Hoboken, and to making the corner of 11th and Washington Street a bustling dining destination.

As for the full details of our concept & plans for the space? You will just have to wait and sea…”

There’s no official word yet as to when renovations will begin, but it appears that the owners and landlords are still in the process of finalizing agreements, so the restaurant o is still in its beginning stages. Gabi, however, shared exclusively with Hoboken Girl that the space “will be a full-service restaurant with a bar.” Stay tuned for more on what will be happening over at 1o39 Washington! 

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Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainability and health and wellness content. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.