MONTVILLE, NJ – If you’re feeling hungry on June 17, don’t visit the Montville Inn. Owner TJ Nelligan announced via social media that the long-time Montville landmark will be closing its doors on that date after having sold the restaurant to Michael Cetrulo, who will be renovating it and opening it in several months with a new name and a new concept.
“On behalf of everyone at The Montville Inn, I want to thank the community and all the diners for their loyalty over the past 12 years,” Nelligan wrote in the release.
The Montville Inn was originally built in 1770 and called Mandeville Inn and was constructed by Dutch settlers, according to the inn’s website. The Mandeville Inn was destroyed by a fire in the early 1900’s. When it was rebuilt, it was named The Montville Inn. The building went through several incarnations as a restaurant and bar, and eventually fell into disrepair. The property was purchased in 2004 by Randy Frankel, TJ Nelligan and John Hanlon. The restaurant was completely rebuilt. Nelligan took over as sole owner in 2014.
“We had a great run and hosted many special lifetime milestones for many in the community over the past 12 years,” Nelligan said. “We wish the new owner much success and thank everyone for the memories we all created at The Montville Inn.”
“My team and I are very excited to open our new venture in the town of Montville and feel very fortunate to have found this historic location and we are looking forward to working very hard in creating a special dining experience,” Cetrulo said.
Cetrulo, an entrepreneur and chef, is behind some of the most famous restaurants in the state, such as Scalini Fedeli in Chatham, Madison’s Il Mondo Vecchio, and Montclair’s Scala del Nonna.
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