SOUTH PLAINFIELD - The Park Villa hosted their grand opening and ribbon cutting on the evening of Sept. 23 to celebrate South Plainfield’s new banquet facility and wedding venue located at 124 Case Drive.  The Park Villa is 10,000 square feet and offers a spacious grand ballroom, outdoor venue, cocktail space, valet parking, and a variety of cooked-to-order cuisines provided by their Executive Chef and catering team. 

“Welcome to Central New Jersey’s newest event venue and our Sukhadia legacy’s greatest new beginning,” said Shaivi Sukhadia, Co-President and Director of Business Development at Sukhadia Foods.  “Today marks the culmination of a dream that began about five years ago and that dream was to expand and utilize business synergies towards building something extraordinary.”

The well attended event featured a live band, dancing, and food stations with variety of foods prepared by their culinary team.  Guests had the opportunity to sample array of foods and desserts while sipping specialty drinks and exploring the garden ballroom, outdoor venue, and cocktail space. 

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“On behalf of my father Mr. Piyush (Phil) Sukhadia and our entire family,” said Sukhadia as she addressed those gathered. “I want to thank each and every one of you for being here with us today to show your support.  We are blessed and excited to grow this new business with the backing of the seven generation legacy that has been built by our ancestors and family.”

The Sukhadia family well-known for the food they have provided for decades.  Sukhadia Sweets is a popular restaurant in Iselin, NJ, featuring 600 different kinds of desserts, and Sukhadia Foods has been providing premium catering packages for weddings, banquets, and events at the destinations of their clients’ choice for over thirty years. 

Owners Piyush and Bindu Sukhadia say The Park Villa is a dream come true and see the venue as an extension of their services, offering their clients an extraordinary experience as they celebrate the important events in their lives at their beautiful location in South Plainfield.

“So many of our customers have asked over the years if we had a party hall or banquet hall because they say our food is so delicious,” said Bindu Sukhadia, Co-Owner and Co-President of Suhkadia Foods.  “My husband and I filed the application to see if the South Plainfield township would allow us to go ahead with the banquet hall.  We have wonderful neighbors who came to the township on the hearing day to support us and say they were happy with the idea.”  

Piyush Sukhadia says that they chose South Plainfield after years of searching for the perfect location to build the hall.  

“I would always drive by here and think how it this looks so homey and the people are so friendly,” said Sukhadia.  “South Plainfield is a comforting place.  We’re really happy to be here.” 

In 2014, plans for The Park Villa were approved by the township and construction of the first banquet hall of its kind in South Plainfield began.

“We’ve been working on this banquet hall for four years and the township gave us great support,” said Bindu Sukhadia. “We are so happy that we chose South Plainfield.  Without the township, it would not be possible.”

The Sukhadia family say they worked together to create an elegant space that would appeal to the tastes of those they seek to serve with the goal being to keep a neutral, yet elevated tone throughout the venue with elegant fixtures and impressive decor.  Engineered with innovative lighting and audio technology, guests can enjoy their event with dancing and music.  The exteriors are adorned with plans and fountains to create the effect of a mini oasis.

The grand opening celebration included the cutting of the gold and red ribbon that hung through an elegant wood framed doorway.  Mayor Matthew Anesh officially commemorated the open of the hall by cutting the ribbon along with local dignitaries and the Sukhadia family.  

“This place is amazing,” said Anesh.  “Phil and his entire family have been painstakingly taking care of every little detail.  It’s that attention to detail that’s going to distinguish Park Villa from anything in the area.  Phil and Sukhadia family, thank you for the investment, not only the investment in your business, but in South Plainfield.  This is truly an event hall and a business that’s unparalleled to anything in the entire state.”

“I have had the privilege of witnessing my family build this beautiful facility from the ground up,” said Sweta Sukhadia, daughter.  “Whether it was extensive conversation at the dinner table or hand-picking paint colors, it’s been a long and exciting process.  We’re honored to be a part of this township.”

“Developing the plans for this beautiful site, selecting product materials, and designing the interiors has been so rewarding for our family,” said Shaivi Sukhadia, daughter. 

Shaivi Sukhadia’s husband, Oscar Garcia, is the head chef of The Park Villa.  Sukhadia says the facility has a state-of-the-art kitchen to provide an extensive selection of fresh, made-to-order food prepared by their culinary team.  She added that they are striving to make The Park Villa an inclusive event venue, serving events of all types and clients of all backgrounds. 

“We welcome all customers and offer all cuisines,” added Bindu Sukhadia.  “We have many different chefs that can make a wide variety foods.  Everyone is so happy to see the place.  We are booked until next year because whoever comes, they love the place.”

Anesh was asked to address the crowd gathered in the grand ballroom.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here tonight,” said Anesh.  “This is many years in the making.  Phil and the whole Sukhadia really embody what it means to be a South Plainfield business and what it is to be a part of the South Plainfield community.”  

Anesh went on to explain that since he first became mayor, one of his goals has always been to make local business more business friendly as far as insuring that the borough was friendly to businesses and making sure there was cohesion.  

“Our focus has always been to make South Plainfield an affordable and inclusive community, and we couldn’t do that without the great residents we have, the great volunteers we have, and clearly, the great business owners that we have who are here, employing residents and offering services for our residents, each and every day,” said Anesh.   “When your focus is on making South Plainfield affordable for businesses and families, the validation that you have is that businesses want to come to your town, and we’ve seen that over the last ten years.”

According to Anesh, South Plainfield has developed a great reputation for attracting new businesses to town.

“The second part is making sure that the businesses that we have here want to continue to expand and grow in South Plainfield, and Phil has done that,” said Anesh.  “So my message is fairly clear and simple for Central New Jersey, and I would even venture to say, most of the state of New Jersey, because of Phil and the whole Sukhadia family, South Plainfield is open for business in the catering and event hall business today!”    

Councilman Derryck White offered lapel pins to Piyush and Bindu Sukhadia with the seal of South Plainfield, asking that they proudly wear the pins as they serve not only South Plainfield, but the areas around South Plainfield with their venue. 

“This facility filled a void in South Plainfield’s business community, but long before the void of having a ballroom as extravagant and splendid as this,” said White.  “There was a void that was filled long before by this family, and that was the void of supporting the community.  When different organizations needed support, the Sukhadia family was there to support them financially and even with their time.  So they have a long history of being an intricate part of our community, not only the business, but the organizations of the community at large and for that we’re eternally grateful.”   

“Being the first banquet facility of its kind in this township, The Park Villa is a landmark for all,” added Shaivi Sukhadia.  “We are proud to call this wonderful town of South Plainfield our home and would not have gotten to this place without their help.”

Sukhadia thanked the South Plainfield planning and zoning board, council members, the building, fire, and police officials as well as their team of engineers, architects and contractors.

“South Plainfield people are so friendly,” said Bindu Sakhadia.  “We feel like South Plainfield is like our town.  We are so grateful that we chose to build our banquet hall here.”

“We would not be here today without the support of our customers and well-wishers,” said Sukhadia.  “We thank all of our customers for their trust and continued loyalty to Sukhadia’s, and we look forward to building new relationships and hosting celebrations at The Park Villa.”

The Park Villa is located behind Columbia Bank on Oak Tree Road.  For more information, contact sales@theparkvilla.com.