NEW WINDSOR – The Bonura Hospitality Group is selling its flagship wedding restaurant, Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor and the buyer intends to convert the 70,000 square foot building on Route 9W into a film production studio. The sale is expected to close in mid-June.
The use will be “just like a Hollywood soundstage,” said Amanda Dana, director of tourism and cinema for Orange County.
The coronavirus has dealt a “heavy blow” to the restaurant industry, said Michael Bonura, who, along with his brother, Joseph Jr., is the director of the company. But, Joseph, Jr. has promised that âBonura Hospitality is making a big comebackâ this year.
COVID-19 has cost New York state caterers 95% of their business. With the Anthony’s sale, the family will be offering to move all weddings and other events planned for this venue after mid-June to one of their other facilities – The Grandview and Shadows on the Hudson, both on the Hudson River. in Poughkeepsie, as well as the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in the city center, as well as the West Hills Country Club in the town of Wallkill.
Those who do not wish to move to one of the company’s other facilities will receive a full refund.
The Bonuras, whose family started their catering business at Anthony’s Pier 9 in 1982, will move this event business to Newburgh’s waterfront with a large outdoor facility just north of their Blu Pointe restaurant. The outdoor tent style model will replicate those they operate in Wallkill and Poughkeepsie.
Brothers Joseph Jr. and Michael, who took over the business from their father, Joseph, Sr., also plan a $ 40 million expansion on three of the 190 acres they own in West Hills with construction. of 158 luxury apartments, as well as their development adjacent to the Poughkeepsie waterfront.
Due to the pandemic, parties inside their facilities were limited to less than 50 people. From March 22, indoor venues will be allowed to accommodate 100 people and outdoors, 200.
The brothers said selling Anthony’s Pier 9 was âbittersweetâ as they grew up and learned the trade there. âWe started doing the dishes there,â said Michael.
The brothers expect to increase their staff in the future by anticipating the hiring of an additional 400 people.