By Caitlin Mota
The Jersey Journal
JERSEY CITY - One of the state's most sought-after wedding venues is abruptly closing its doors until at least next spring.
Battello, located on the Newport waterfront, will serve its last customers on Sept. 15 for what is being described as "standard repairs" needed to be done on the pier where the restaurant is located.
On May 25, the restaurant that opened in 2014 was notified by its landlord -- Newport Marine Holdings LLC -- that certain parts of the pier were "not deemed secure" and the patio area and parking lot needed to be shut down, Batello's owner Cory Checket wrote in a letter to customers.
Checket wrote at that time that the restaurant did not have access to reports from Newport Marine Holding's engineers and said Battello would work with its customers to "accommodate and mitigate any inconvenience that this unfortunate situation has caused."
But on Thursday Battello said it was "verbally" notified by the Newport Marine Holdings that the restaurant should plan to cease operations as early as mid-September for "construction," according to a letter sent to customers from Batello's lawyer Michael Orozco.
A search for Newport Marine Holdings LLC generates no hits, including on the state's business records website. The Newport neighborhood was built and mostly owned by LeFrak.More