The Paris Inn Banquet Hall and Restaurant at 1292 Alps Road in Wayne will be sold by auction on April 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Saddle Brook Marriott. Opened in 1973, it was owned and operated by the Petritus family for many years. Closed approximately one year ago, The Paris Inn was best known for their restaurant and hosting special events such as anniversaries, sweet sixteens, and graduations. It was also a favorite meeting place for politicians, both Republicans and Democrats.
The Paris Inn can accommodate nearly 400 guests and is situated on over two acres. The structure is located on a busy road, with around 13,000 vehicles on average per day passing the site. There is no starting bid for the auction, and Max Spann Jr., President and CEO of Max Spann Auctioneers, said there have already been interested buyers since his firm was retained by the bank for the auction about a month ago. “Many restaurateurs are looking to restore its old grandeur. Locals remember life events happening there and so there is a great sentimental attachment to the place and a sadness it is gone,” explains Spann Jr. “People are anxious to see it refurbished and opened again.”