(More) Trouble at Heart Breakers

BY  |  Thursday, May 17, 2012 3:20pm  |  COMMENTS (32)

Credit: Mark Remo

The owner of Heart Breakers Bar spoke at Monday’s Bloomfield Council conference meeting in response to concerns by the council that his establishment was one of two in town that generated an excessive number of police incident reports during the past year.

The owner, Jimmy Correia, stated, “There were twelve reports generated, I guess, within the year, and out of the twelve there was only one arrest. This happened to be a gentleman that gave us a hard time, unruly; we removed him, he ran to the diner, grabbed a knife, came back and tried to come back in. We had to wrestle him down to the ground, hold him down until the police got there. He was arrested.” He stated this was the only arrest.

He said they called the police twice to be there when they removed two female workers who had been fired, which he said they prefer to do in these cases. In addition there were two altercations outside the bar. There was one lost property report, where a man lost his computer. He said they don’t even allow people to bring anything into the bar, so he didn’t know why the computer was there. “I have signs all over the place, I’m not responsible for anything lost or stolen.”

“I was told by Joe Corio [Officer Joseph Corio, president of the Bloomfield PBA], when there’s a problem inside, don’t take it upon yourself; call us.” He called it a Catch-22 situation.

Municipal Clerk Palagano assured him it is a good idea to call the police, but that bringing him in gives him the opportunity to address the issues before the mayor and council and to answer any questions.

“I realize that. I run a tight ship in there,” said Correia. “I don’t want people giving anybody a hard time; so I remove people all the time,” he said, explaining that is why he calls the police when there is a problem. “Nobody gets hurt. It’s a nice bar to go into, believe it or not. I keep it that way. I’ve owned the place only six years and I’m trying to do the best job I can.”

He offered to go over each report. The mayor asked about an incident with a gun that took place in February. The owner said that there was no gun. He said there was a fight and someone said there was a gun while the police were there, but no gun was ever found.

The mayor read the record of the incident aloud and it confirmed that a gun was not found.

Councilman Joanow asked what measures Correia takes to try to prevent these kinds of incidents. He responded that he has police officers outside on Friday and Saturday nights working for him, and also has certified security guards and an infrared surveillance system. “I’m trying, trust me,” he said.

Councilman Hamilton asked Police Chief Goul to give his perspective on altercations that spill over onto the public street. “If it’s initiated due to what goes on in this establishment, then there’s a management concern that I have.”

Goul said, “It’s no secret you’re here tonight because of the reported incidences.” He said there was a homicide at the bar in 2009, and the people were in the bar. “The disturbances outside the bar are because before that they were inside the bar.” He questioned whether the bartenders are trained properly and are not allowing people to become “totally intoxicated,” which would be against ABC regulations.

Correia assured him that people who go “overboard” are cut off and served water instead of alcohol.

Palagano brought up a recent incident that took place in May, which was not in the original reports undergoing review. Correia explained a woman who worked for him was causing trouble and was fired. She then became violent and hit him in the face. He called the police and she was removed.

Hamilton said he needed to change his methods of disciplining employees, rather than firing them on the spot. “You need to devise a way to remove them from the premises without causing an incident.”

He suggested he send people home to calm down and take a break, and then call them later and tell them not to come back to work. “Once it spills over in Bloomfield, the Chief and the community is involved… The initial point is you, your establishment, and how you address issues and concerns in that establishment.”

Hamilton also said the bartenders should receive training by the police to ensure people are not being served in excess. The mayor agreed and Chief Goul said the training can be arranged through the ABC.

Correia’s hearing was then brought to a close.

As of last evening, there was yet another incident at Heart Breakers, according to witnesses who saw police cars gathered in front of the building.


  1. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  May 17, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    Seriously, who brings a computer to a go-go bar?

  2. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  May 17, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    It’s amazing to me that this establishment is still in business. After all the trouble, all the incidents, the continued violence that comes out of this place, I’m dumbfounded that the town allows it to go on.

    The bigger joke is that this place is a few hundred feet from the beloved redevelopment area. Does no one involved realize that the presence of a strip club discourages people from wanting to open businesses in the area?

  3. POSTED BY whowantwhat  |  May 17, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Isn’t there a computer repair store across the street? Getting the old comp fixed and gogo bar stop fit naturally together on anyone’s list of errands.

  4. POSTED BY redrum  |  May 17, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    Maybe “Heart Breakers” can lease the new space under the assisted living facility on Church Street?

  5. POSTED BY johnqp  |  May 17, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    “Seriously, who brings a computer to a go-go bar?”

    Maybe someone with hard drive issues ?

  6. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  May 17, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    I don’t know what you people are talking about.

    This is not a “strip club”. It is a Gentlemen’s Club.

    Why, owner Johnny Correia identifies his patrons as gentlemen right there in the second paragraph.

    When I visit the club, the other gentlemen and I pass our time playing canasta and trading stock tips. We advise one another as to how best to shield income from onerous taxation, which technicians can service our imported autos most efficiently, and how to get our monocles taken care of. You know, the sorts of things that gentlemen do.

    I suggest that all of you critics stop in of an evening and see what really goes on. Tuesday nights are Trivia Nights, Thursdays feature spirited games of whist. Grandmaster Reginald Van Pelt spins the LPs on Saturdays. I invite you all, and you are welcome to tell the bartender to put your first drink on good old cro’s tab.

    See you there, gents!

  7. POSTED BY Nellie  |  May 17, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    I can smell the smoke from your pipe, cro.

    I predict this go-go will soon be gone-gone.

  8. POSTED BY cathar  |  May 17, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    When patrons who go “overboard” are served water instead of whiskey, are they charged? And how much?

    When I was a bouncer for a while aeons ago, yes, we too “removed” people regularly. Never terribly gently, however. I do wish I’d been there the evening two female employees who’d been fired (for what, I have to wonder) were, uh, “escorted” out.

    Really, too, this was a rather conspicuously badly written, unclear item. And yet, this is definitely also the funniest (even if inadvertently) item on this site in a long, long, loooonnnnngggg time.

    And six years is an awfully long time to be successfully running such a “B’n’B,” no? (For “beers and a beating.” The old joke among reporters, by the way, was to innocently ask “who’s the owner of record?” of such an establishment. Perish such thoughts in the case of Heartbreakers, to be sure…

    Anyway, is everyone else in agreement that we now have the proper venue for the next Baristanet bash? Yee hah, ride ’em, go-go girls!

  9. POSTED BY bebopgun  |  May 17, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    The mayor & Bernie need to spend more time bringing business into Bloomfield instead of harrassing them out. Maybe they have plans for luxury condos on the site.

  10. POSTED BY kbanda  |  May 17, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    A “gentleman’s bar”. Right. Would this have been a highlight in the $20K Terry Breadshaw narrated TV special Yoshi was working on?

  11. POSTED BY kbanda  |  May 17, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Sorry. That should have been “Bradshaw”. I love Terry. Should have spelled his name right the first time.

  12. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  May 17, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    Is Terry Bradshaw narrating the “Yoshi Special” from heartbreakers? What a way to show Bloomfield’s ratables! Yeah for Yoshi!

    The 2nd of the series should be narrated from 225 Belleville Ave when it floods due to the smallest bit of rain.

  13. POSTED BY Martta Rose  |  May 17, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    JohnP: You post made me guffaw!

  14. POSTED BY hrhppg  |  May 18, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    So one of the only recession proof businesses in town and people want to run them out on a rail. WTF is wrong with people. Would another empty building be better ?

    I live two blocks away and I’ve never heard or seen trouble there. The BS morality people dredge out is just stupid.

  15. POSTED BY maddencc  |  May 18, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    Agreed hrhppg. The town fathers won’t be happy until all preexisting business are gone. Then they can tear that building down and replace it with parking. Because we all know people will be flocking to Bloomfield to live in the new luxury housing and then leave daily to commute to work.

  16. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  May 18, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    “When I was a bouncer for a while aeons ago . . . ”

    And where was that, at the Barnard College social tea?

    Tough guy, huh? You couldn’t bounce a check if you wanted to!

  17. POSTED BY cathar  |  May 18, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    I’ve never claimed to have been a “tough guy,” silverleaf. But yes, I worked at assorted clubs. And you really sometimes, by applying a soft voice and manner, can defuse potentially bad situations. (Which in turn would earn my entire crew an evening’s bonus.) And if that didn’t work, I had genuine muscle (though never “tough guys”) behind me.

    You sound so aggressive yourself today. Please don’t bring that attitude anywhere this weekend where truly mean-ish people work the door, it won’t do. But then, Baristanet in general is never where guys with cereal box-type necks and personal familiarity with steroids hang out; nor would they thus be impressed by a nice verbal quip like the sort you just dismally attempted to throw at me.

  18. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  May 18, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    cathar, “at assorted clubs” and of “soft voice and manner” is, apparently, none other than Dan Seymour ( aka Abdul, in Casablanca ), the bouncer wearing a fez.
    Nice job with the Deutsche Bank exec over at the gaming room door, ol’ man. He was really pissed off.

  19. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  May 18, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    Usually, all cathar had to do was flex in order to calm the waters:


  20. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  May 18, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    No, not aggressive today. Just fed up with you inveterate and pathological lying.

    (Psssst, if you don’t know it yet, most posters here do. Just too polite to mention it.)

  21. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  May 18, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    I really hope they don’t close, I”ll need a place to make some extra bucks when I retire since my 401k just keeps shrinking. Hope I can still hang onto a pole when I’m in my 60’s.

  22. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  May 18, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    LOL, I am right behind you, Gurl. Sounds more fun than being a greeter at Wal*Mart.

  23. POSTED BY bebopgun  |  May 18, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    I think we may have a niche–an over 60’s strip club. ” The Grey Ladies”, put it next to new retirement community off Bloomfield ave.

    Money in the bank.

  24. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  May 18, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    I think some of thresidents of the new assisted living facility in Montclair could be bussed over the Bloomfield for a little senior shake and shimmy. Something to look forward to in my dotage.

  25. POSTED BY Nellie  |  May 18, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    These are seniors from Montclair…They’ll ride their bikes over…

  26. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 18, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    I used to go there back in my college days. we called it Spike’s. A lot of my fraternity brothers spent all their spare time there. Back then it was a fairly quiet town bar.

  27. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 18, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    I should say a Town & Gown” bar.

  28. POSTED BY johnqp  |  May 19, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    “I think we may have a niche–an over 60′s strip club….”

    Yep – Let’s call it “Pacemakers”

  29. POSTED BY MellonBrush  |  May 20, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    This place has been around for more than 20 years. I went there a few times in the late 80’s with my boss. I don’t think I ever saw an argument at this place. It was very orderly and the house staff discouraged rif-raf from becoming an irritant.

    My employer owned a software business located in the office building @ 20 Church St in Mtc. I was his chief technical officer ( ha! ). We’d go there after work to pound down a few brewskis and shoot some hoops. They had a cool little basketball game where the object was to sink as many shots as possible – in about a minute – from about 6 to 7 feet away. We spent most of the time we were there playing this stupid but fun game.

    When we got tired of basketball, we’d find a spot at the bar and try to coax one of the young lovelies to sit with us during her break. A couple of 5 dollar tips usually did the trick. I gotta tell you, those gals really smelled nice.

  30. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 20, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    To paraphrase Liz Lemon, Mellon: Me want to go there.

  31. POSTED BY latebloomer  |  May 20, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Funny, just last night I watched a movie on TV called “Meet Monica Velour”. Kim Cattrall plays an aging porn star/stripper who is sought out by a 17-year-old boy who idolizes her from her younger days, and is still smitten by her when he meets her in person. She is cruelly taunted by the audience when she goes on stage, although she still looks damn good to me!

  32. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 20, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    A heartwarming tale of a lonely kid who grows up to meet the object of his adolescent sexual fantasies… Do we need any further evidence that TV is doomed?

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