James “Jim” and Leslie Hill have owned Knotty Pine Pub for 20 years. Before the owning the bar, Jim owned a catering truck from 1980-1997 and had his own business coined “Lunch Box Jim” for many years. His dream was to one day own his own pub. After a lot of hard work, Jim found this diamond in the rough. Soon after owning the bar Jim decided to join the NJLBA (New Jersey License Association) where he worked very hard to become the Morris County President. He moved up in rank and became the Associations State President for four years and is currently the Morris County Director.
Jim and Leslie have also been involved with many charities over the years. During the holiday season, they collect new winter hats and gloves for Trinity Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen. The hats and gloves are wrapped up by the Sunday school children and handed out on Christmas to families in need. Every Spring hosts the annual “Spring Fling Car Cruise” in which the proceeds go to a charity that the car committee chooses.
About five years ago, Knotty Pine Pub won the Best Wings in New Jersey contest voted on WDHA and then again at a super bowl challenge at the Newark Museum. Ever since then they have stepped up their game they got a few more wing sauces and extended their menu. Some fan favorites include wings, burgers, wraps and Jim’s new favorite, fish and chips. They have dart boards, a pool table and a state of the art jukebox you can control from your phone. You can also enjoy a drink on the “outside café” and smoking area where they have horseshoes, TV to watch the game and speakers so you can hear jukebox! During special events, you can find Jim catering outside, tending bar or even singing his favorite karaoke songs!
Jim and Leslie are very thankful for these past 20 years of business and friendships from all their customers old and new. They are looking forward to seeing what the next 20 years have to bring. On behalf of The Hill Family and staff at The Knotty Pine Pub “WHERE EVERY HOUR IS A HAPPY HOUR!” we thank you and feel truly blessed for all your support and loyalty!