HAWTHORNE, NJ – A Passaic County Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the troubled Inserra's Famous Pizza to remain closed.
The pizza shop appeared closed and cleared out on Tuesday afternoon. The pizzeria had been ordered closed previously by the Hawthorne Board of Health for allegedly denying a health inspector access to the premises to conduct an inspection.
Inserra did not respond to a call for comment for this story.
Charles Inserra, owner of Inserra’s Pizza on Diamond Bridge Avenue, had denied the assertion, claiming that “a little corruption was going on” and that he would “let anyone in here.”
A memo sent to council members and the mayor from the borough attorney stated Inserra went to court and was told by Passaic County assignment judge Ernest Caposela he could not open without approval from the Hawthorne Board of Health. According to the memo, Inserra admitted he had removed the sign placed by health officials on his window on November 21.
Caposela’s order allows the Hawthorne Police Department to enforce violations, including by denying entrance to customers and arresting anyone that violates the order by operating the business. Inserra told the court he has already closed the business and he planned to remove items from the location on Tuesday.
“Our attorney was sent to the assignment judge to have it be heard by him to hopefully close him down, and the judge ordered it closed,” Councilman John Lane told TAPinto Hawthorne.
Lane had said at a November Borough Council meeting that the business was not in compliance and was “making a fool of the borough.”
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