Timothy’s of Newark suspends college night

Rachel Cardwell/THE REVIEW
Timothy’s of Newark will end their popular College Night indefinitely after legal issues.

Associate News Editor

It’s Friday night. By 8:30 p.m., a line made up of college students has formed outside of Timothy’s of Newark that wraps around the side of the building. Two hours later, the upper floor of the restaurant is packed until close. This is Timothy’s “college night.”  

Timothy’s, a local staple amongst students and Newark residents, hosted a “college night” every Friday in its upper bar where tables would be pushed to the side to make room for a dance floor and a DJ. This past week rumors began circulating that college night would be over, prompting many to call the restaurant, which confirmed the rumors.

Hannah Bologna, a senior mass communications major, and a regular patron of Timothy’s on Friday nights, said she was upset to hear the news.

“I’m devastated, because it is tradition,” Bologna said. “It’s like closing Grotto’s. Tim’s on a Friday is the number one thing to do at UD.”

A Timothy’s employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said the reason for the closing was the result of a visit from Delaware’s Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC). The employee said members of ABC came into Timothy’s Friday, March 5 after someone reported college students had been using fake identification.

“Someone, either a college student or somebody who knew about the college kids coming, notified the ABC, or the cops notified them, and that’s why they came,” the employee said. “But, we didn’t get in trouble for any of that.”

According to the website of the Office of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner, ABC’s job is to grant or deny applications for liquor licenses, approve or disapprove requests for modifications to licensed establishments, perform inspections and grant renewals of liquor licenses.

Timothy’s has undercover cops next to the bouncers in order to intercept any fake IDs and prevent anyone underage from entering, the employee said.

“I mean, I’m not 100 percent sure, I wasn’t totally aware of us getting caught for underage kids, but I’m certain that’s not why,” they said.

The employee believes the main reason Timothy’s had to end college night was because it violated Newark’s laws about having a dance floor and a mini bar, amongst other things.

“Since we’re a restaurant and a bar we do not have a club license, which allows us I guess to move tables and put up the dance floor,” they said. “Newark has a law where you are not allowed to dance. It’s sort of like ‘Footloose.’”

The law is in fact a Newark Municipal code that states: “live night club or floor show type entertainment” which encourages dancing within an establishment, is banned. In short, dance floors are not allowed.

When asked to speak to the owner of Timothy’s, a male employee was put on the phone. He would not comment. When asked for his name, he refused to answer.

However, he was able to answer what the future of college night would be.

“Definitely not coming back,” he said. “Ever.”

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    Brian 3 years

    College night, really!? Isn’t every day/night in Newark ‘college night’, that’s why nobody likes coming to Newark while school is in session.

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    Eddie 3 years

    Timothy’s on a Friday night was like the Gem Saloon in Deadwood. Peaches and pears, EB. Oh, she’ll be missed

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    Andrew 3 years

    What are people supposed to do on Friday nights?

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    Pete 3 years

    Go drink pitchers at Margarita’s Brian!

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      lee 3 years

      lol I dont think ant student even knows that margaritas sells beer lol

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    Rory 3 years

    What is “Footloose”?

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    Jenna 3 years

    Is this a for good thing or what?

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    Chad 3 years

    This was the best, making reservations early in the week for the upcoming Friday and then getting there at HH just so you didn’t have to wait in line and guarantee a wrist band for upstairs. Think I met 4 or 5 ex-girlfiends at Timbo’s too…it sure will be missed.

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    lee 3 years

    Thank you for telling me about this Jenna! What is gods name is going on down there that they closed this on friday nights? and terrible that I am just now finding out about this. thank god for twitter and group messaging right??
    If you dancing is illegal then kates will close too? and rooneys? or are they on the up and up with some local politician and have pull and can stay open? not cool not cool

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    Omar 3 years


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    David D 2 years

    The girls actual name isn’t really Bologna is it? FAKE NEWS!

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    Jenna 2 years

    I can’t even. I CANNOT EVEN!

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    Shawn 2 years

    Is this for good or just for the semester?

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    Shawn 2 years

    Oh wait this was a 2016 article. WHAT THEY STOPPED DOING FRIDAY NIGHTS AT TIMBOS?????

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    Scambia 9 months

    Smh this still makes me feel some kinda way

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    Tracy J 9 months

    I was telling my cousin about Friday nights here just the other week. She’s about to turn 21 and sadly will be missing out on this. 

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    Joe F 9 months

    Is Timothy’s now called Finn McCool’s & are they gunna open the upstairs at night again?

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      Tracy J 7 months

      I think that’s now Rooney’s on Main Street that was re-named?

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    Traci 5 months

    Friday at Timothy’s was life. RIP. 

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    Ryan Epstein 5 months

    Oh baby baby it’s a cruel world. 

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    Alex 3 months

    City just passed some anti-DAGE law yesterday. They want to take back the city from the college. It started with Timbo’s Friday Nights and who knows where it is going to end. Gunna be unlawful to have a few friends over to play board games pretty soon. 

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    Bobby N 3 months

    3 years. Sheesh time flys. Haven’t had a blue drink since and can’t find anything in the Newark metropolitan area that could stand up to Friday nights at Timothy’s. I’ll remember those nights until the day I die, or at least what I can’t remember of those nights. 

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    Andrew 3 months

    I just saw that Lang is building a 7-story hotel along Main Street, do they have an affiliation with Timothy’s or Fresh Hot Bagel’s (the one on Chapel St) does anyone know?

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      Shawn 2 months

      Fresh Hot Bagel’s I think for sure is something Lang would get involved with. There is also a Fresh Hot off campus but that has no affiliation with the one on North Chapel Street. Or at least that’s what I have been told.

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