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Hollister Construction Services Begins Work On Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen In Morristown's Historic Vail Mansion


Hollister Construction Services (Hollister), a leading full-service construction manager specializing in corporate, educational, healthcare, industrial, retail and residential construction, has readily accepted the challenge of transforming a century-old historic mansion into a contemporary sophisticated dining and entertainment destination.

The construction project entails renovating Morristown’s beloved Vail Mansion to create a space where acclaimed New York chef/restaurateur Chris Cannon could realize his vision for the Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen. The landmarked building, loved by Morristown residents for generations, was originally constructed in 1917. It was commissioned by Theodore N. Vail, the first president of AT&T who wanted an Italian Renaissance Palazzo-style mansion to house his extensive collection of art and family inventions. Later the building also served for a time as the Morristown town hall and police headquarters.

“It’s a real challenge to maintain the integrity of the historic environment at the same time that we are charged with creating a modern restaurant facility,” said Christopher Johnson, founder and CEO of Hollister. “The plans for the physical space perfectly complement Chris Cannon’s bold concept and the transformation of this historic building will make it a great place for the Morristown community to enjoy fine dining or to just hang out.”

 “I can't imagine a more ideal location for a restaurant,” said Chris Cannon. “Physically, it’s one of the most beautiful spaces around. There’s no way I could ever find anything remotely like this in New York City, or even in New Jersey.”

Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen will occupy a three-story space and offer a menu of contemporary American and Italian-inspired dishes. The exciting four-part concept includes The Oyster & Wine Bar at Jockey Hollow (with a casual, contemporary menu); the Vail Bar, a glam 1920's-style cocktail lounge; The Rathskeller, a private event space; and The Dining Room at Jockey Hollow on the Mansion's second floor, with a regional, sustainable farm-to-table focus.

The challenges for Hollister, who is working closely on the project with Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers, includes substantially transforming the historic building into an appropriate space to realize Cannon’s vision of Jockey Hollow as both a culinary and cultural hub for North and Central Jersey.  The firm has just 20 weeks to work their magic on a total of 18,000 sq. ft. so the operation can open as scheduled in late spring.

Plans for the space include incorporating found historic relics into the décor while at the same time adding modern, yet unseen touches such as radiant floor heating to provide a well-controlled climate despite the huge windows overlooking a symmetrical reflective pool.

Hollister serves as construction manager, design builder and general contractor, for a broad spectrum of clients in New Jersey and New York. Currently the Garden State is undergoing a veritable explosion of food-related businesses, many of which have called upon Hollister’s expertise in this specialized field. Recently completed and ongoing projects include testing and research facilities, manufacturing plants, refrigerated warehouse and distribution operations, foodservice establishments and retail outlets.

In recent months Hollister’s  major food industry projects included Pinnacle Foods corporate office, which encompassed 130,000 sq. ft., including 30,000 sq. ft. of test kitchens and an atrium with interior hearth fireplace; Damascus Bakery, a 72,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art commercial baking facility and distribution hub that required building a flour silo capable of being fed by tanker trucks; and Newark Farmer’s Market, a massive 200,000 sq. ft. food warehouse and distribution depot including a 167,000 sq. ft. refrigerated produce warehouse set with four different temperature zones as well as loading docks and office space. Hollister is also highly active in multiple channels of the foodservice industry with clients ranging from McDonald’s franchisees to a recently opened 7,900 sq. ft., 52 table Joe’s Crab Shack in Clifton, on through boutique high end restaurants, such as Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen. 

For more information about Hollister Construction Services, please contact Brian Hart of JCPR at (973) 850-7322 or

About Hollister Construction Services

Hollister Construction Services is a full-service commercial real estate construction manager specializing in corporate, educational, healthcare, industrial, retail, and residential construction, with offices in Parsippany, N.J. and New York, N.Y. Distinguished by the exceptional involvement of its principals in projects of all sizes, Hollister is committed to building sound relationships and structures in the New Jersey and New York markets.

Hollister works through its own independent philanthropic organization, The Hollister Foundation, to further its community outreach activities. The Foundation’s mission is to raise and distribute funds for organizations that foster children’s advancement through education and health initiatives.

04/03/2014 - 11:31


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