The Centerport catering facility, which has been in business for 26 years, has served as the waterfront setting for numerous local organizations events, from the Huntington Republican Committee to Huntington Hospital's Bash on the Bay to the local chapter of the NAACP.
Losses from damaged caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 total in the millions, the restaurant said, while FEMA loans and insurance reimbursements have not been resolved.
The restaurant at 445 East Main St., filed under Chapter 11 to remain open while it restructures.
“While we worked tirelessly to repair the damage from these devastating storms, our first priority was always to continue creating memorable events for our clients,” owner Ralph Colamussi said. “Seeking protection under Chapter 11 will allow Thatched Cottage Caterers to deliver on parties already booked, and continue to plan events for future dates. Our objective is to continue to create amazing events with no interruption to any new or scheduled events."
Attorney Avrum Rosen said the business was granted approval Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to continue operating. He said he anticipates filing a plan to come out of the bankruptcy protection within the next 90 to 120 days. "People should not be nervous; we're in the process of obtaining insurance proceeds that were slowed down for a whole bunch of reasons," he said. "We're open, we're operating."
He said those with events scheduled at the facility should call 631-261-1900 for questions.