Many Trenton insiders have a place where they can meet with clients and sources, lobbyists and other people involved with the political process and decision-making at New Jersey’s highest levels of government – now there’s one more such place in the state’s capital city.
The new venue The Lobby Club, a private, members-only club and restaurant nestled in between the Statehouse complex and Trenton’s downtown district, opened on Oct. 15.
Located at 17 E. Front St. in Trenton, the private restaurant was designed with “professionals, politicians, lobbyists, legislative aides and judges” in mind, according to a Friday statement.
The bar and restaurant boast a collection of burgers, steaks, salads, seafood and sandwiches, and the standard alcoholic offerings of wine, beer and cocktails. Plus, the site has private dining rooms that can host up to 30 guests.
There are cocktails like “Trenton Makes”—an homage to the Lower Trenton Bridge across the Delaware River that displays the sign “Trenton Makes, The World Takes.”
“It has been a long time since the owners created The Lobby Club concept – a place to have a quick lunch, a quiet dinner or a brandy with colleagues after a long day,” reads a prepared Friday statement from Tara Burns, general manager at the club.
The club offers varying levels of membership, each with its own additional perks. For example, “Platinum” and “Gold” members will soon have access to the 2,500-square-foot “Apex Executive Center” on the second floor where they can conduct business.
Apex will feature four conference rooms and a lounge that can seat gatherings with up to 60 guests.
Membership prices range from a $500 initiation and $50 per month fee for government employees, to Gold memberships for businesses or individuals, which respectively cost $5,000 to join and $450 per month, or $2,000 to join and $250 a month. Prospective Platinum members need to fork over $10,000 to join and $750 a month in membership fees.
“Like everyone, we too were impacted by COVID but are now so excited to welcome our members and guests to a place that Trenton and its business community have been in need of for years,” Burns continued.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story indicated that membership prices were $500 for government employess. That is true, however there is also a $50 monthly fee for that membership. The story was updated at 8:37 a.m. EST on Oct. 18, 2021, to include the $50 monthly cost.