8/11: Updated with statement from Newport Marine Holding.
Battello is now closed until spring of 2018.
The popular waterfront restaurant abruptly closed Thursday evening after a last-minute notification from Newport Marine Holding informed restaurant management that access to the pier would be denied as of August 10 at 5pm.
It’s not clear why Battello’s closing date was moved up so rapidly. The restaurant was expected to remain open through September 15. A spokesperson for Newport Marine Holding issued the following statement to Jersey City Upfront: “To ensure the longevity of this pier and based on recent and routine engineering inspections, our engineers have been continuously monitoring the pier’s condition since June. As a result of the latest monitoring data, all access to the pier must be restricted effective immediately.”
The following message is also posted on Battello’s website:
“On Thursday, August 3rd, we were informed that we would be required to shut down on September 15.
Earlier this afternoon, Battello had been notified by our landlord, Newport Marine Holding, that all access to the pier must be restricted immediately and that as of 5:00 PM, there will be zero access to the pier and our restaurant. This is a shocking new development in an already devastating situation.
While we are deeply distraught, ensuring our guests and employees safety remains our number one priority. We have been told that further details pertaining to the need for this sudden, immediate closure will be shared with us, and we will continue to provide updates as they unfold.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and hope to resolve this matter as soon as possible.”