Posted in music | venues on January 27, 2014

Maxwell's farewell block party, 7/31/2014 (more by Ken Bachor)
Maxwell's

Six months after the iconic Hoboken rock club and restaurant commemorated its "closing" with a gala block party and concert, the business has finally been sold. Word spread quickly on social media and Maxwell's found itself packed with familiar faces on Sunday, the last night in its current incarnation, for a final, farewell wake.

The new owners will retain the name Maxwell's but reconfigure the space to be a family restaurant specializing in thin-crust artisanal pizza.

"It's not a wake to me, it's a joyous celebration," said Dave Post, who with his wife Jackie decided to renew the lease and took over the restaurant after co-owner and booker Todd Abramson bowed out last July. - [NJ.com]

Maxwell's has been operating as a bar and restaurant pretty much since it closed as a music club, and Sunday had their last night in the space with a party featuring Tom Vincent and "Tommy's Talent Show," a "freeflowing hootenanny of Hoboken musicans," in the front room, and a band of Maxwell's employees playing in the back.

That back room of the new version of Maxwell's will become a dining room, though the new owners are not ruling out some music. New Maxwell's co-owner Evan Dean told NJ.com, "Obviously it won't be a rock club anymore but we'll definitely be open to the idea of having live entertainment."

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Comments (33)

And bring on the negative Yelp reviews

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 12:43 PM

PUKE!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 12:48 PM

Roseland Pizza

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 12:50 PM

Pizza Underground much??

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:04 PM

20 years from now, Yo La Tengo's legacy will be the fact that they had an artisanal pizza named after them.

Posted by Skippy | January 27, 2014 1:06 PM

This is awesome because there's really nowhere to get good pizza in the tri-state area.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:24 PM

^they should really put in a chucky cheese

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:33 PM

Hoboken is still less corporate than Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:40 PM

^Sadly true. 1:24pm gets some serious points too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:46 PM

Yo La Tomato

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:46 PM

@140 washington is a strip mall

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:52 PM

Good. I hope they make a ton of money.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 2:03 PM

hopefully there will be a wine bar & a room for yoga

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 2:14 PM

285 kent reopening as a hummus factory

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 2:30 PM

what a strange world we live in

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 3:06 PM

Newark is next.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 3:13 PM

MEHxwell's.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 3:21 PM

We're bringing the "Mehs" back? Really? 2014?

Surely we are more creative than that. Let's not blow the dust off a tired old comedy crutch.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 3:37 PM

Hoboken is like the NYC alcoholic gold coast

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 3:47 PM

So eating in the back room with no windows is better than live music? There is already a pizza place up the block.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 3:54 PM

Newark is the new meh.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:04 PM

Maxwell's - Rest in Pizza

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:11 PM

either we all move to philly or assimilate into the yuppie culture(?)

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:19 PM

Finally. Me and my bros were always looking for a pizza place on our home after watching a game in one of the sports bars on Washington. I'm glad the new owners will clean up this hippie hole and make it respectable to the community of Hoboken bros.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:40 PM

Hummus jokes are HILARIOUS. Wonderfully creative. Music is just stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 5:25 PM

I love artisanal pizza. Personal little pies with fancy crap on them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 5:46 PM

So happy I didn't step in this place after 7/31 and I live 1 block away. Glad it's done; so fucking corny they're using the same name.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 7:44 PM

Gee, I hope they deliver pizza to Union City

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 8:39 PM

Another pizza place. How original.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 10:12 PM

8:39 - I hope they don't.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 8:33 AM

one of the best songs

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Posted by Candice | November 3, 2014 1:39 PM

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