HAWTHORNE, NJ - If one searches "Primo Amore Bistro" on Google, they will find the words "Permanently Closed." Despite joining a class action lawsuit against Governor Murphy, town favorite Primo Amore officially shuttered its doors in December after three and a half years.

Owner Linda Passaro told TAPinto Hawthorne that it was a blessing that their lease was up. Their favorite part of their business was in the parties that they were able to host at their establishment--parties that no longer could be thrown due to COVID-19 restrictions.  "Being part of our customers' milestones was so much fun," Passaro said.  "Sadly, our last event was a COVID death repast."  She expressed that the lack of joy, and money, helped to fuel the family's decision to close for good.

Passaro had joined James Mermigis in the New Jersey Restaurant Owners Class Action Lawsuit to fight for the restaurant industry this past September.  She largely placed the blame on Governor Murphy's executive orders which gravely impacted business owners like herself by imposing capacity restrictions. 

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In recent correspondence with TAPinto Hawthorne, Passaro said, "The governors of the tri-state locked down this industry and singled it out from the start.  Cuomo stated 1.4% cases from restaurant 70% from home gatherings, then shuttered NYC restaurants.  State governors have been anti-business from the inception."  She asserted that subsequent relief packages "did not come with funds commensurate with the financial losses."

Passaro and her family said that they will cherish the time they were able to serve the Hawthorne community.  Fortunately for the Passaros, they have other employment that they can lean on.  "We are committing our time to our other jobs that are more viable.  We are blessed we have work beyond this business and feel for those whose families rely on this industry."