MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – There is anger and heartbreak on Long Island after a catering hall closed down with no warning.
Aug. 3 was supposed to be a beautiful and happy day for Paula Interrante’s family. Paula’s daughter Francesca was set to get married at the Manor East Catering Hall in Massapequa.
But the company was suddenly evicted from the building on Thursday.
“I’m stuck in a lurch now. It’s so close to the date,” Interrante told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.
Paula said her daughter had already been through so much. When she was 18, she was in a coma for three months after a car accident.
“The kid went through college. She bounced back. She finally found somebody she wants to marry. I’ll give my heart to her. I’ll give anything to her,” she said through tears. “I’m going crazy. I’m scrambling. I’m trying to go everyplace trying to get some place for this kid.”
She said she saw the manager of the facility last week and he said nothing.[cbs-audio url=”http://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/catering-hall-1rivera-w40-soc-afarr.mp3″ size=”340″ download=”false” name=”Massapequa Catering Hall Closes, Leaves People Scrambling” artist=”1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera”]
Another customer, Gene Woska of Bellmore, said his daughter Nicole’s Sweet Sixteen party with 100 guests was scheduled at Manor East next month.
“She’s been talking about the Sweet Sixteen every single day, including a countdown,” Woska told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “Now we’re scrambling to get another one.”
State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino said he is working to help Manor East’s customers find new places.
Manor East did not return Hall’s calls for comment, but online court documents showed the owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year.
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