Red Barn's legal battle ends with a move to Saugerties
Sam Raudins is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Red Barn Hudson is now officially closed and moving to Saugerties. The decision came after a long legal stalemate, the restaurant owner announced on Facebook last week. The building that housed Red Barn was sold in May, but restaurant owner Vanessa Martenson asserted, through her attorney, that she was legally protected by the pandemic eviction moratorium that is due to expire August 31. “As many of you may know, we had to close. We will be reopening in Saugerties soon! I will keep you posted here! I love you all and I miss you already,” Martenson wrote. The new owners of the building, Roy Brown and Joseph Morreale, intend to open a cigar business and Italian deli in the space at 93 Ten Broeck Avenue. Morreale is the vice president of Fortune Metal Group, the parent company of Hudson Valley Fisheries, on Route 9, and Brown owns Iron Horse Cigar Depot, on South 7th Street in Hudson. Brown said he thinks they can begin moving in on Sept. 1. Martenson said she put $100,000 into the restaurant and had been negotiating with the previous owner to buy the space at the end of the summer after recovering some lost revenue due to the pandemic. By the time her lease expired, though, she was told to leave. Despite her legal troubles, Martenson said she’s excited to open in Saugerties within the next few weeks. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.