Fire Destroys Popular Pub 199

Mount Arlington eatery burned down in Friday morning fire.

A well-known Mount Arlington restaurant caught fire Friday morning, the roof collapsing as flames spread to the basement, according to nj.com.

Pub 199, on Howard Boulevard, specialized in seafood.

Firefighters said the blaze, which broke out around 4:15 a.m., appeared to have started near the fireplace in the rear of the restaurant building, nj.com reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The restaurant was somewhat of a landmark, with patrons traveling from near and far to experience crab legs and lobster dinners. The restaurant was also known for its exotic mounted animal heads that lined the walls.

Customers and restaurant patrons gathered in the parking lot next to the restaurant Friday to catch a glimpse of the destruction, according to the Daily Record. 

Angela Markou January 14, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Thanks to those that wish us well. My parents will be back bigger and better. They are strong people with will and determination many lack. I pray for those that feel the need to bash him. I hope they find jobs, friends, and family that can occupy them with love and positive thoughts. For people who utilize their time tearing others down clearly are lacking that. That fire only destroyed a structure that will be rebuilt. And despite the negative and evil comments, the positive ones far outweigh that. I love my mom and dad, and am more proud of them now they I ever could be. No ones written words could ever change that, and neither if they said it to my face. Unlike many faced with a similar situation, they are handling it all with such grace and are more concerned with their workers, suppliers, and community. I am proud to be their daughter and will not cower behind a handle. My name is Angela Marie Markou.
S.Holey January 14, 2013 at 06:32 PM
So sad to see a local business lost. The Pubb was famous all over and I hope they rebuild. As for all the negative comments I read... All I can say is WOW! Some people really have some attention needs to have that much bad mouthing to do in public! And the person hiding behind the JK- (i can bet you are a middle-to-late-age woman,a typical gossiper),you really sound like a disgruntled employee or former employee to have come out with what you said and to know so much info. Even if you weren't an employee it defintitely sounds like a personal vendetta and that you have just been waiting to blurt that out to anyone that will listen! Doesn't matter if anything was true or not -MYOB. I personally enjoyed The Pubb. Good luck to the family.
Ted Markou January 14, 2013 at 06:53 PM
i am george and ceals son. if i am not mistaken didn't i kick you teeth in a few years back there jim copeland? Yea i am pretty sure that i did. Thats why you are speaking nonsense. I am my fathers taxidermist, and those heads were a work of art. If you cant see that then you must be blind. Ninety percent of the hunts my father went on i was with him. Those animals were free range and wild. We donated tons of pounds of meat to people in need and put food on there tables for them. Those heads weren't just to remind us of a successful hunt, they were there to also remind us or the great deeds we did for families in need. If you are offended by my father and my harvesting of these animals as well as my work, then be off to a different place were people can meet ya and dislike as we all do right now. I give you credit though Jim that ya didn't cover your name. That was brave and also stupid of ya.
Jim Copeland January 14, 2013 at 07:07 PM
You sound like a violent and disturbed guy, So I didnt like your restaurant and thought that the heads were made of Fiberglass so what.And that means that at some time you kicked my teeth out.? You should check into a phyciatric hospital.No wonder I didn't like your restaurant. As far as any threats I am always ready.
Frazure January 14, 2013 at 07:57 PM
You would have to pay the absurd $3.00 ATM fee because they refuse to accept anything but cash......what's this tell you? And from what I understand, the prices aren't what you would consider cheap. Plus, having to almost always WAIT for a table, rude service, no desert menu.....the list goes on and on. I won't miss it.
Finley January 14, 2013 at 08:03 PM
The Pub was awesome...I used to drink underage there but I'm sure I'm not the only one...Great food at a cheap price!! It's great how all the haters come out of the woodwork when something terrible happens...maybe Ted willl stuff Jim and hang it at the new pub...they will rebuild!!
Nev Goldberg January 14, 2013 at 08:18 PM
How much did they charge for water? Can we here the story about Jim Copeland getting his teeth knocked out?
Chloe January 14, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Pub strong!!!
Nev Goldberg January 14, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Did they have Kosher dishes available.....I am very specific about eating jew foods, helps me digest better.
Angela Markou January 14, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Many businesses in order to be profitable will require purchase of a drink. It is necessary to cover various costs and maintain pricing of key items. I think they charge about $2 but it is bottled water and comparable to the purchase of a fountain drink at any other chain.
Laura January 14, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Ted - where's your business? I need a good taxidermist!
Erica January 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM
SOOOO STUPID Jim Copeland! Read her comment fully again and again and again and maybe, doubt it, you will understand what she said! LOSER!
Mary Behrent January 14, 2013 at 11:21 PM
The elephant was a fake. Don't know how many more were.
Mary Behrent January 14, 2013 at 11:54 PM
My husband and I have been going to the pub for lunch for years and I never had a service problem. The steamers were the best and so was the price. I didn't go there for the atmosphere but it was a novel place and I enjoyed the food and the prices.
Lisa January 15, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I agree. While I got a kick out of the VERY rustic charm, the place wasn't nearly as great as people seem to think. However, I am so sorry to see it destroyed and so many people out of work due to the fire.
Green eggs & spam January 15, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Can you all give me the names of the businesses you run? I'd love to hear where you can get a credit card merchant account where you don't have a monthly fee and don't have to pay 3-4% on each purchase. Lots of family owned places are cash only.
jazzman January 15, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Cash only what this world to do....ummm sounding more like those no taxeeeee hair salons
tliberty January 16, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Thank you and your family for running such a great place...Ignore the those fools who know nothing and can't appreciate what hard work and devotiion build... I loved that place and so did many of my friends and their friends and friends of friends. All the rest of you negitive activist idiots stay the hell out!!!!!. I hope you do rebuild and congratulations to your dad on some outstanding hunting success.....
tliberty January 16, 2013 at 01:35 PM
You are an closed minded idiot....by the name you use a musician as well. I guess it doesn't surprise me to see what drivel you spew against anything that doesn't fit into your idea of utopia...If you can't say anything positive or nice, why don't crawl back under your rock....You probably still live home witn mommy and daddy because your lack of talent prevents you from making and honest living.. I have to wonder if your hatred for these people is derived from you not being allowed to perform there at one time......
tliberty January 16, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Very nice work...I loved going there and dreaming of one day going on a hunt to Africa....Some day I may make it...Good luck to you all and ignore the ignore fools who make negitive comments. Hard work and persiverance always pay off.....
Meghan Messerle January 17, 2013 at 02:04 AM
I can tell you first handed that the Pub has put food in my childrens mouths for years and George and Ceal have treated my family as if we were their own, my husband has been the head chef there for years and it absolutely disgusts me that people have nothing better to do with their time than to verbally attack people during a tragedy, REALLY?!? My heart goes out to all of the Markou's and I thank god everyday that he is going to rebuild, I dont know what my family would have done, and I would personally like to thank George and Ceal and the rest of the Markou family for all they have done for my family throughout the years, we appreciate you more than you will ever know. Meghan
vig January 17, 2013 at 02:19 AM
The place was a landmark. If you are looking to be pampered at a 5 star restaurant go somewhere else.
Mike b January 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I loved the place, been going there since before stinky George owned it when it was Rooneys. As to the comment above about the animal heads arriving all at once when he opened, that is not true. That back room wasn't added on until quite a few years after he opened and word has it, he didn't do any of the hunting. The elephant, rhino and giraffe were fake - BUT the food was really good, no place else could you go and get 2 dozen clams for 10 bucks.
Mike b January 18, 2013 at 12:13 AM
And btw, I loved the pub BUT it did NOT put Mt Arlington on the map. Bertrand's Island did that many many years before the pub was even thought of. I understand George's kids boosting up their dads business, and it was a great place to hang out at even during the days when he had bands playing there but please don't say it put MA on the map. Bad service, no not at all. All the bartenders and servers over the years were amazing. I do wish I had the pleasure of ordering a 25 lbs lobster - never got around to it.
CJMP January 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Well, it seems we finally shut Copeland, Jazzman and JK up! Good job people! ;-))
RJ January 19, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Went there once. Food was decent but the owner treated my girlfriend very poorly.Also did not appreciate all the dead animals. Nevertheless thank God no one was hurt.
ron wolf January 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM
are you serious? this is not livingston
John Lee January 21, 2013 at 02:06 PM
My kids liked the animals although my 2 year old was scared of them. But if u don't like that kind of atmosphere, then don't go. Cash only... I know tons of places that are cash only. Bring cash or don't go. ATM fees are your own fault since you should know it's cash only. The service is sometimes really bad. The waitresses always seem very tired and they only come by three times, once to order, once to serve, and once to give you the bill. I would order more beer but they never come by. I usually go with at least four guys and we order pitchers. We would probably order at least three more pitchers if the waitresses come by more often. Bad service=less money for the establishment. If I'm only with my three kids then I don't go there since water is 6 bucks to start off with for the kids so I go down the block to the hot dog/ice cream place. I'm not giving my kids soda or any sugar filled drink. Point is you always have a choice to either go there or not. I would go more often if they didn't have the one drink minimum for kids. Maybe the owners can see the criticism and make changes or maybe not. Don't like it then don't go!
Mike Durbak January 24, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Well I can tell you that my wife and I would always stop there to eat when I came to pick up my Ranger Boat at North Jersey Marine . We loved the place ! Ignorant people sure love to talk about other people don't they ? dont like it stay out I am sure they will not miss people like you . Can not wait until they open back up . GOOD LUCK !!!
Dick Hertz January 25, 2013 at 06:16 PM
The place was a dump. Animals on the wall disgusting. And the steak? Low grade dog food. Otherwise, fun for the whole family.


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