The Morristown of today bears little resemblance to what Mayor Tim Dougherty encountered upon moving to Morristown in 1988, at age 30.
“When I first came to Morristown, on Friday nights the carpet rolled up around 7,” said Dougherty, who won a third term as mayor last year.
Back then, the town’s business district was anchored by two prominent stores — Epstein’s and Macy’s. When the Macy’s closed down in the 1990s, so too did several other stores that depended on it, he said.
There were maybe a handful of places where people could go out at night. One was a Bennigan’s, he recalled.
“I don’t think people felt it was a place they wanted to go,” Dougherty said, adding that Morristown at that time “had no energy.”
“It was really kind of a desolate place,” he said.