The building that housed the popular Rosanna’s Restaurant in Bethlehem has sold for $1.05 million as the Italian eatery’s owner teases on social media the sale is not the end of the business.
MILU Properties LLC bought the property at 2-4 E. Broad St. on April 12, according to Northampton County records. Online real estate records show Giuseppe and Franca Crisci bought the family owned Rosanna’s in April 2000.
Pennsylvania Department of State corporation records show MILU Properties is based in Lower Saucon Township and affiliated with Bethlehem restaurateurs Juan and Cara Paredes. Calls for comment Friday to numbers listed for them were not immediately returned.
Rosanna’s initially closed Feb. 26 with owner Rosanna Crisci posting on the business’ Facebook page the move wouldn’t be permanent. She stated in a comment to a patron she expected the closure only to last two months at the time.
Rosanna Crisci additionally stated there would be a grand opening in the spring with a “new face, a new look, and many new surprises — but still the same dedication to our friends and community.” The posting went on to thank loyal customers for more than two decades of patronage.
Rosanna Crisci this past Wednesday again posted on the business’ Facebook page the closure wouldn’t be permanent.
“Great things are coming. Can’t wait to see you all soon,” Rosanna Crisci posted.
Rosanna Crisci further stated in the comment section “construction is coming along slowly” and expected a June opening. It’s unclear where the ongoing construction is being performed. As for the former building, its windows were covered Friday.
A sign on the front entrance read, “Rosanna’s will be closing on February 26. after decades of love, laughter, tears, and of course, fine food. The time has come to introduce a new neighbor on the corner.”
“We will be back — new name, new menu, new faces … , ” the sign went on to state. It also mentioned a spring “grand opening” followed by an Italian phrase that translates to “with much thanks and love” in English.
A phone number listed for the restaurant was disconnected Friday. Reached on Facebook, Rosanna Crisci said she wouldn’t immediately be able to provide information about the closure.
Rosanna’s previously was known for its specialty pizzas, such as meat lover’s, cheesesteak, Hawaiian, chicken parmesan and Tuscan style. The eatery also had a large variety of hot and cold subs and wraps, burgers, soups and salads, strombolis and calzones. The business also did catering for private and corporate events.
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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at [email protected].