Hotel Victor – For Sale

Hotel Victor Bar for sale in Hoboken

Hmm. Just a few short years after the big renovation – Hotel Victor Bar & Grill is up for sale. I always thought downtown bars close to the PATH were gold mines? Why would you sell it?

“Hoboken Business Opportunity! This thriving Hoboken Bar and Restaurant located at 77 Hudson Street is a fully renovated, turnkey, operating business in a PRIME location. Here’s your chance to own a piece of Hoboken. Home of Frank Sinatra, baseball and our very own Cake Boss. Sale includes liquor license, fully equipped kitchen, furnished bar and dining area, fixtures, audio, & TV equipment are included. NYC PATH/HOBOKEN TRAINS/NJ TRANSIT TERMINALS are directly adjacent to this already booming establishment.”

You interested? Contact Vera at (201) 637-9983.

Hotel Victor Hoboken NJ for sale

Description: Bar & Restaurant located downtown near the PATH station. Formerly Hobson’s Choice.
Address: 77 Hudson Place, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Web: Facebook
Phone: (201)420-0070

Hotel Victor Bar & Grill to provide fun atmosphere in Hoboken

3/26/2012 Update:

Now Open – see Hotel Victor Review here (A+++).

Had a chance to speak with Hotel Victor Bar & Grill Owner David Ruosso the other day – and got a little information about what the status of the old Hobson’s Choice is.

Basically – interior renovations are coming along smoothly. A refinished bar, new flooring, updated tiles and more tables will add to the brighter feel of the spruced up establishment. David said he hopes to have some kind of “friends and family” soft opening within the first two weeks of April, with an official grand opening later in the month.

The available alcohol selections are fundamental, “we’re not trying to re-invent the wheel,” said Ruosso. About 15 different tap beers and a wide-ranging list of bottled wines. The food menu will be basic as well – from light finger-food to slightly more upscale entrees.

Ruosso was able to contact the actual Victor family who owned the bar back in the early 1900’s, and still have two restaurants in Glen Rock and Fairlawn. Amazingly, he got an authentic photo (circa 1916) of the original Victor grandfather standing behind the bar. The image is being preserved and framed by Mimosa Digital right here in Hoboken – and will be one of the first pictures you see upon entering the establishment.

Additionally – they’re trying to restore and preserve the old Hotel Victor sign, and illuminate it with white neon light (it was lit up pink back in the day). That would add a fantastic feel to downtown Hoboken, and become a great beacon for visitors and residents alike.

When asked what he wants customers to feel when they think of Hotel Victor, Ruosso said “We want be like when you visit a hotel bar on vacation – people tend to have lots of fun in that relaxed atmosphere.”

Life after Hobson’s in Hoboken: Hotel Victor Bar and Grill

3/14/2012:

After serving patrons for 15 years – popular downtown watering hole Hobson’s Choice located at 77 Hudson Place closed down late in January 2012.

But never fear – a new bar, now called Hotel Victor Bar and Grill is set to re-open relatively soon.

The establishment isn’t going through major renovations other than an superficial interior facelift, improved bathrooms, and bringing the space “up to code.”

Stay tuned!

14 Responses

  1. DarrylJ says:

    You could put a some kegs and a few wooden picnic tables in there and succeed. It’d take a complete moron to screw this bar up. But the improved bathrooms were long overdue. I do remember very warm tap beer from Hobson’s, though. Maybe it had something to do with the southern exposure.

  2. bradski says:

    Took a peek inside and it looks a lot nicer! One of the best people watching spots in Hoboken.

  3. Adam_C says:

    As long as the old bartenders don’t get invited back, Hotel Vic will do great. Some fishy things happened over there in the past from what I heard.

  4. whineanddineinhob says:

    They will probably also have problems with the historical committee when requesting to light their outdoor sign in white neon. They prohibit this outdoor lighting now and prefer goose neck lights to indicate their businesses. It’s only seen inside establishment, such as beer signs, menu’s etc. I don’t know if this law is flexible for “existing” signs that haven’t been lit such as the Hotel Victor and Clam Broth House.

    • Ed A says:

      I was one of many people involved (carpenter) in redeveloping the original Victor Hotel to the Santa Fa Yacht Club around 30 years ago. I used to cash my pay check and have a beer every Friday. We were required to leave the sign as is, but had the right to get it working but chose not to. I don’t know what the ruling would be today but I’d like to see it lit with it’s original colors once again. A lot of history at the Victor. [quote comment=”214791″]They will probably also have problems with the historical committee when requesting to light their outdoor sign in white neon. They prohibit this outdoor lighting now and prefer goose neck lights to indicate their businesses. It’s only seen inside establishment, such as beer signs, menu’s etc. I don’t know if this law is flexible for “existing” signs that haven’t been lit such as the Hotel Victor and Clam Broth House.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        Thanks for your info EdA. I hope they do get approval to light this sign as it once was. This town needs a little color. Washington street looks so drab. Even during the holidays with Christmas lighting, something seems to be missing.[quote comment=”214807″]I was one of many people involved (carpenter) in redeveloping the original Victor Hotel to the Santa Fa Yacht Club around 30 years ago. I used to cash my pay check and have a beer every Friday. We were required to leave the sign as is, but had the right to get it working but chose not to. I don’t know what the ruling would be today but I’d like to see it lit with it’s original colors once again. A lot of history at the Victor.[/quote]

  5. hobokel says:

    I wanted to love the Hotel Victor. I tried on 2 occassions and even though it is a brand new bar, it has ZERO vibe. The service is absolutely horrible. My friends and i went in for drinks today and the waitresses has no clue as to what is going on. I also didn”t like the fact that they had not ONE picture of Wayne Hobson. So many random pics, but none of that era. It was just a shame. As i said, it has ZERO character. Just another yuppie bar, blah balh balh. Plain white walls, plain menu. As “new” as it is, it will never have the following as hobsons. Even though Hobsons was a dive bar, it had alot of characters. New place has NONE of that. Can’t see me going back

  6. hobokel says:

    I really wanted to like this place as i loved going to Hobsons. The place has no character at all. None. They say its supposed to be like a “hotel” bar but then it has some hockey shirts in the ceiling, maybe it’s trying to be a sports bar, maybe they are trying to be slightly upscale, I just don’t know. The old place (Hobsons) had alot of heart and character that this new place just misses the mark. I give it a D- especially because my drink was incredibly watered down.

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      I doubt very much if they’ll miss your business either. They were mobbed indoors and outdoor both Sat and Sun when I passed there.[quote comment=”215087″]I really wanted to like this place as i loved going to Hobsons. The place has no character at all. None. They say its supposed to be like a “hotel” bar but then it has some hockey shirts in the ceiling, maybe it’s trying to be a sports bar, maybe they are trying to be slightly upscale, I just don’t know. The old place (Hobsons) had alot of heart and character that this new place just misses the mark. I give it a D- especially because my drink was incredibly watered down.[/quote]

  7. Jimmy Mack says:

    The re-opening of the Hotel Victor Bar and Grill is the news here.

    And live music returns to the corner of Hudson Terrace and Hudson Place, with the Hoboken Saturday Blues Jams this Saturday, April 21 from 4PM to 7:30 at the Hotel Victor B&G. The Blues Jams have travelled from Scotland Yard Pub, to Hobson’s Choice, to the Shannon, and now back to that grand old corner near the PATH station. Jimmy Mack and the Boys will be BACK providing the music and hosting the jams. Ah tradition!

    Check this out on Saturday

  8. moondancer69 says:

    I went here for lunch the other dya for the first time.. the food was pretty good. the only gripe I have is that the sodas came in tall narrow yet small glasses… a narrow Collins glass. I finished my soda in about 4 big sips.. and they were #3 each.. and the waitress came to ask us if we wanted a refill and we said yes. When we received the bill, we noticed that she charged us for all of our refills as well. So with 3 people, getting 3 sodas, and 2 refills.. we paid $18 worth of soda. In tiny miniscule glasses. which I thought was a bit absurd.

    • Adam_C says:

      Good to get the word out about that. Charging so much for the tiny drinks AND refills is a total low blow. [quote comment=”215196″]I went here for lunch the other dya for the first time.. the food was pretty good. the only gripe I have is that the sodas came in tall narrow yet small glasses… a narrow Collins glass. I finished my soda in about 4 big sips.. and they were #3 each.. and the waitress came to ask us if we wanted a refill and we said yes. When we received the bill, we noticed that she charged us for all of our refills as well. So with 3 people, getting 3 sodas, and 2 refills.. we paid $18 worth of soda. In tiny miniscule glasses. which I thought was a bit absurd.[/quote]

  9. hobokenj says:

    Went here Friday at around 5:30. We sat outside and asked waitress what were the Happy Hour Specials. She said we do not have one yet, we are working on it. Really??? Pick 3 beers on tap make them 3 bucks, look I created Happy Hour.

    We said ok, what Beer do you have on tap, she said oh my, I have only been here a week I do not know.

    Seems they really did not do a good job in preparation for opening. If you do not have happy hour (strange) but fine, but to not have been able to create one in the 5 months of renovations is poor planning. They have done nothing to train wait staff. If you cannot remember 8 or 9 taps in a week you are a horrible waitress and should have been let go before they opened.

  10. Stabone130 says:

    It reminds me a lot of Texas Arizona — so much opportunity there….but they completely miss the mark. They think renovation after renovation is the key to a successful business. Provide good prices, good food, good drinks, great service and you’ll do well. Both these bars miss the mark.

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