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Lordship Marnick’s closure shocks Stratford

September 17, 2018

Customers and employees arrived Saturday to find longtime waterfront staple Marnick’s Restaurant closed for business. Town officials confirmed Monday that the Stratford restaurant, which has been serving customers at 10 Washington Parkway for decades, has been sold following an extended search for a buyer.

“I’m excited it’s sold, and I’m anxious to see who moves in there,” said Mary Dean, director of economic development for Stratford.

Though a new owner has not been announced, the family that has run the business through multiple generations had been looking to sell the property for some time.

The accompanying Rodeway Inn was included in the sale.

A vital part of Stratford’s Lordship neighborhood since 1956, Marnick’s Restaurant and Motel was originally purchased by Marge and Nick Quattone. The business grew from a lunch shop to a full-scale restaurant and motel, with three generations of the Quattrone family eventually running the establishment.

The business was first known as Nick’s Hideaway, changing to Marnick’s — a combination of the owners’ first names — in 1963. When the restaurant opened, a lobster roll cost $1.70, hamburgers were 25 cents and soda was a nickel.

Marnick’s closed apparently without notice over the weekend, leaving customers and even employees surprised as they were greeted by a sign that read “Closed” taped to the front door.

“Marnick’s sold and closed overnight and they didn’t tell anyone,” read a Twitter post from an employee heading into her shift Saturday morning.

Owners of the restaurant could not be immediately reached for comment on the closure.

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com

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