EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Father Tom Walsh of St. Bartholomew's said, "It's a bit like Versailles, with lovely gardens and a beautiful open design." Mayor Brad Cohen said, "It totally redefines what East Brunswick stands for." Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer hoped that "it would be a house of peace and a house of joy." Councilman Jim Wendell said, " I am in awe. They said they were going to build the best, and they did. These guys are great partners for East Brunswick."
The Park Chateau, a sophisticated, expansive, and welcoming venue for celebrations and events, opened on Cranbury Road this Friday, and those in attendance saw it as a symbol of the future of East Brunswick.
During a busy week that included several events in the township, Cohen introduced the ribbon-cutting by saying that he "couldn't be happier. The Park Chateau will set the standard for weddings and celebrations."
Both Cohen and the owners of the Park Chateau praised the work of Greg Pulkowski, East Brunswick Township Town Planner, who has been working for more than a year on the renewal of the location. Pulkowski and the Construction Department worked effectively with the builders to create, in Cohen's words, "a place with class and finesse that will be the center point of East Brunswick" by facilitating the process and providing support.
Owners Vito Cucci, Joe Maurillo and Barry Maurillo, who were joined by their wives, cut the ribbon to open the Park Chateau, following an invocation and blessing by Rabbi Eisenkramer and Father Tom. The team also owns Nanina's in the Park in Belleville and The Park Savoy in Florham Park, both famed wedding locations in the Garden State.
The Park Chateau has already hosted a few events and weddings, and, according to Manager Tom Casella, will be the site of the Hackensack-Meridian Hospital merger event in a couple of weeks. Casella noted that flexible pricing allows for a variety of types of events and that there is a range of affordabilty.
"Economic development is so important, " said Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin who attended the opening. "This is an active, not a passive process."
John Gorgy, who lives nearby and is a 2016 graduate of East Brunswick High School, is a team-leader waiter at the Park Chateau. He is one of the 40 new hires at the location, many of whom are local residents. "Instead of a corporate feel, this place has a more intimate, family-type relationship with the staff. There is a great relationship between owners, managers, and staff. I am proud to be a part of it."
Casella also noted that the Park Chateau continues its search for a variety of employees and is searching for local applicants.
The Park Chateau Estate is European in style, featuring expansive gardens and landscaped walks. The predominant color is a soft grey with a linen effect. Accent colors include white, gold, and black, providing a subtle background for the varied colors of wedding parties and event themes. The high ceilings and commodius rooms allow for easy movement among locations and a sense of expansiveness.
Said East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, "It is uplifting to be able to call such a place our own."