The locals are conflicted due to the restaurant's supporting anti police movement. Many on social media are applauding the closure.
shut it downA Montclair restaurant owner accused of repeatedly defying state-issued coronavirus orders has been locked out of his business, reports say.
On Monday, police padlocked the doors of Cuban Pete's on Bloomfield Avenue. The restaurant's owner, Dominick Restaino, has been accused of not complying with Gov. Phil Murphy's executive orders regulating restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restaino offered resistance to the governor's orders at first, telling a NorthJersey.com reporter that he was willing to "go to jail" over the matter. He said the restaurant can't make ends meet under the current orders because it needs to be fully staffed to be effective.
Cuban Pete's has consistently ranked among the most popular eateries in town, once making a list of the top 50 places to eat in Essex County.