WAYNE — Mother’s Ale House & Grill, the go-to drinking establishment in the most historic part of the township, is up for sale for $2.6 million, with the property facing foreclosure.
The 11,695-square-foot former hotel is located on a fraction of an acre on Mountainview Boulevard, just east of the Route 23 overpass. The three-story building also features a finished basement, which can be used as a banquet hall.
The price includes the property’s liquor license and bar and restaurant contents, according to an online listing from New Vistas Corp. of the Township of Woodbridge.
The business apparently closed two months ago.
Routine posts on his Facebook page abruptly ceased on August 3, when he announced “College Night” with a DJ and beer pong parties.
It emerged this week that no one had been there for some time. Seven door tags had been pasted at the entrance to the building by parcel delivery drivers, and a note had been pasted.
“THE MOTHER WILL BE CLOSED TODAY FOR MANTIENCE [sic],” It said.
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Tax records tell a different story.
The bank-owned property was purchased for $100 in a sheriff’s sale in May, and five weeks later the lien holder since October 2019 filed foreclosure proceedings.
The amount owed Wednesday was $62,325 for initial overdue taxes and utility payments, plus $213,224 for subsequent charges, records show.
Vishnu Seetharaman, 42, of Freehold Township, owned the bar and restaurant, and court records show he was indebted to Philadelphia-based Republic First Bancorp Inc. from December 2017.
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Records show he still owed the bank more than $2.5 million, not including interest, as of August.
A judge, sitting in the New Brunswick State Superior Court, last month ordered Seetharaman to appear at the Manalapan Township Bank Attorney’s Office to provide sworn financial records.
The business opened the week before July 4, 2015, with dozens of televisions and at least 50 varieties of draft beer. The building had previously belonged for generations to the Gabriel family, which operated a hotel and restaurant.
Long before the family took ownership in January 1946, the inn served as a stopover for travelers on the Morris Canal.
Philip DeVencentis is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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