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Well-Known LI Catering Facility Closing Its Doors

The Thatched Cottage in Centerport will close for good on October 6. (Credit: WCBS 880/Sophia Hall)

The Thatched Cottage in Centerport will close for good on October 6. (Credit: WCBS 880/Sophia Hall)

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CENTERPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A well-known Long Island catering facility is closing its doors for good.

Many brides and grooms decided in January to find a new venue for their weddings after word got out that the Thatched Cottage in Centerport was having financial troubles, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

Well-Known LI Catering Facility Closing Its Doors

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Sophia Hall reports

Now, after venue officials met with bankruptcy trustee R. Kenneth Barnard, it is official: The catering facility will close Oct. 6. Barnard said in a statement that the business cannot continue operations.

Some couples did not cancel their big days and still have to find a new place to wed, Hall reported.

According to The Associated Press, Barnard was appointed July 4. He took over managerial control from longtime owner Ralph Colamussi, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January.

Manny Varveris is a good friend of Colamussi and said the catering facility’s closing will be a loss to the community.

“He has tried. He had some bad luck down the way with the hurricane. The insurance companies gave him a hard way to go,” Varveris told Hall. “He was paying big interest to the banks. His whole life was this place.”

The owner did not return Hall’s call for comment.

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