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Anselmo’s Owner Lashes Out Against Landlady

Anselmo’s Coal Oven Pizzaria in Red Hook has closed because apparently they’ve been swindled out of their lease by their landlady. That is, if you believe the tirade unleashed on their website recently (www.anselmosbakery.com). In case it gets taken down, I’ll post the whole thing below for your personal reading pleasure, but please take particular note of my favorite excerpt:

My landlady is telling the people of Red Hook that i have been in prison and jail. She’s right. I was in prison for manufacturing explosives. It’s public record and I’m not proud of it but i got out and moved on with my life thanks to my best friend and business partner. And I did go to jail this summer over a fight at my restaurant at 3am in the morning when Craig (i refuse to say full name) an ex drug dealer and (suspected child molester) that lived in one of my landlords building across the street was mad that i took his girlfriend from him after he came from a bar went in and pushed and hit one of my employees asking where i was. A friend of mine beat him up by the time i got there (Charges dropped on my friend). But he told cops two months later i beat him up .So after realizing his girl wasn’t coming back to his physical abuse they arrested me two months later.

Not quite sure I followed that. You? Anyway, if you’re going to post a rambling message on your website, how about some proper English and grammar? A copy editor could have a field day with this. I never made it to Anselmo’s, but to be honest… I’m kind of scared to go if it ever reopens!

Here is the tirade in it’s entirety:

WE ARE CLOSED. WE WILL CONTINUE MAKING GREAT PIZZA SOMEWHERE ELSE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER LOCATION..

EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHY WE SHUT DOWN. IT WASN’T THE FOOD OR MONEY.

OUR LANDLORD SWINDLED US OUT OF OUR LEASE. EVERYONE IN RED HOOK KNOWS WHO OUR LANDLADY IS AND THE PEOPLE OF RED HOOK WARNED US OF HER AND HER SISTER WHEN I WAS BUILDING MY PLACE BUT I TRUSTED THESE TWO WOMEN.

I have more proof then i need to prove my case. Anyone who wants to see my proof to show what kind of women these are can contact me. They are telling the people of Red Hook that i haven’t paid the rent in four months. That’s right i haven’t because she broke her promise to give me a lease 9 months ago. Four months ago the city came in asking for a Certificate Of Occupancy or i will be shut down. I need a lease to get this but after taking the paper work to my landlady she said she will not sign anything. So i cut the rent payments off.She started against me after hiring black and spanish workers from the neighborhood after telling me from the beginning it will ruin my business if i let black and spanish people in my restaurant. This is a women that goes to church telling me the projects are going to ruin me once i hire one black person because they will hang around in front.
My business
partner and i had spent over $260k in the building and one year working on it. She gave me 9month free rent while building it but she doesn’t tell people i spent $260k bringing the value up 500%. I pay $3,200month, times that by 9months is $28,800 in free rent. That’s a long way from my $260k in the building and with no lease. Everyone ask me why would i put that kind of money in a building without a lease. Because
I’m from the country where we trust our elders on a handshake. Never in a millions years i would think she would do this to me. I had to close my restaurant down last summer for two weeks losing $$15k in sales because her pipes busted in her garage connected to the restaurant flooding my kitchen but my business partner and i fixed it for her for free which would had cost her $3k in labor and a violation from the city. Then a big tree fell on her garage and she asked me to fix that which i did costing out of my pocket $150 and a whole days work and she never said thank you or offer to pay. All summer my business partner and I helped her with her buildings fixing them not charging her. These women care only for their money. They don’t fix their buildings for nothing putting tenants in danger while the greedy landlord keeps thousands of dollars of cash in their house instead of fixing dangerous buildings that are falling apart.
Another thing. My landlady is telling the people of Red Hook that i have been in prison and jail. She’s right. I was in prison for manufacturing explosives. It’s public record and I’m not proud of it but i got out and moved on with my life thanks to my best friend and business partner. And I did go to jail this summer over a fight at my restaurant at 3am in the morning when Craig (i refuse to say full name) an ex drug dealer and (suspected child molester) that lived in one of my landlords building across the street was mad that i took his girlfriend from him after he came from a bar went in and pushed and hit one of my employees asking where i was. A friend of mine beat him up by the time i got there (Charges dropped on my friend). But he told cops two months later i beat him up .So after realizing his girl wasn’t coming back to his physical abuse they arrested me two months later.

I have made mistakes in life and i have paid for it but my biggest mistake was trusting this landlady.

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