VINELAND — The restaurant and banquet facility that will open at the newly-renovated Landis Theater finally has an owner and operator.
Annette and John Scipione, who also own the Ramada Inn on West Landis Avenue, will run the dining establishment, Mori’s, and host the theater’s opening gala May 22.
Two other potential restaurateurs had fallen through, but after the Scipione’s toured the site about two months ago, they eventually decided to sign on.
“My wife got involved with the (theater’s) board of directors, went over and fell in love with the location,” John Scipione, of Hammonton, said Saturday.
They already have restaurant experience: the Ramada Inn has a steak house, Dakota Prime.
But Mori’s, which is decorated in an art deco style, will be an American bistro, John Scipione said, and include pizzas and flatbreads cooked in a brick oven. The restaurant also will feature a bar, a lounge and three levels, while the banquet facility will fit more than 250 people and be available for parties and weddings. In nicer weather, there will be outdoor seating along Landis Avenue.
The couple plan to hire about 30 full- and part-time staff.
“When you look at downtown Vineland, you see an Amish market is coming, there’s other new places that have opened,” John Scipione said. “This completes the whole transformation.”