Ready for a grand unveiling: Noted restauranteur Cannon brings fine dining experience inside Morristown landmark

Chris Cannon is bringing a distinctive fine dining experience to the old Vail Mansion in Morristown with his Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen. - (PHOTO BY AARON HOUSTON)

Chris Cannon is bringing a distinctive fine dining experience to the old Vail Mansion in Morristown with his Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen. – (PHOTO BY AARON HOUSTON)

via Meg Fry/ NJ Biz

Imagine 15,000 square feet of gleaming marble and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows — abandoned for more than two decades in the heart of downtown Morristown.

And an owner of five fine dining restaurants in New York City — all of which earned three stars from The New York Times and a total of five Michelin Stars — who suddenly closed up shop and left in 2011.

Some would call them the perfect pairing.

When famed restaurateur Chris Cannon visited the Vail Mansion in Morristown some four years ago, the Italian palazzo-like estate (built for AT&T executive Theodore Vail during World War I) had sat empty on South Street for 23 years.

Cannon immediately saw the historic landmark’s potential.

“I walked in and said it was perfect for a restaurant,” he said.

Opening in mid-October!

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