UPDATE: Pig & Prince staff announced that the clock was recovered, stating, "Happy to announce with the faithful efforts of the Montclair PD, the clock is recovered from the thief and safe back home where it belongs."
MONTCLAIR, NJ - A clock valued at $100K and nearly $5K worth of alcohol was stolen from Pig & Prince restaurant on July 9, an employee reported to police. It was recovered nearly a week later due to good police work, officials announced.
This theft has come one day after the official closing of the notable eatery. Located inside of Montclair's Lackawanna Station, Pig & Prince was one of the only businesses to remain open after the bankruptcy and closing of the Pathmark Supermarket. Shortly thereafter, Township officials announced the approval of a condominium complex for the area.
After opening seven years ago by chef Michael Carrino, a Food Network "Chopped" champion, Pig & Prince menu specialized in French-American cusine.
The restaurant's ambiance is complete with a vaulted ceiling and exposed brick walls and is housed in the section of the former Lackawanna Train Station. This portion of the train station is the original train station designated as a historic landmark, not slated to be touched by construction when the Lackawanna Plaza is demolished.
The abrupt June 8 closing announcement came as a surprise for some and expected for others because of the construction soon to take place in the area.
On their Facebook page, Pig & Prince officials wrote, "We have created so many lasting relationships and friendships over the years and we want to thank each and every one of you for your loyalty and support. We hope to see you here at this historic landmark one last time before we say goodbye."
The incident is currently under investigation. No one at the restaurant could be reached for comment.