Photo: Neon turned off on Pontillo's, Le Roy location set to close
Submitted by Howard Owens on January 11, 2011 - 8:35pm
One of Batavia's landmark signs has been partially shut off the past few nights, and a new sign has gone up on the historic Pontillo's location. It reads "Batavia's Original."
Meanwhile, an ad in the Le Roy PennySaver this week announced that the Le Roy Pontillo's location will close its doors Thursday. All gift certificates for that location must be used by that date, the ad said.
The owners of the Batavia Pontillo's/Batavia's Original were served with a federal trademark infringement suit in September. There's no word on the status of that lawsuit.
In October, it was disclosed that the Le Roy location is allegedly delinquent in taxes, with $24,261 owed to the county, school district, village and town.
If not paid, the property could go up for auction in March. UPDATE: County Treasurer Scott German says the property taxes were paid in December.
Sam Pontillo told WBTA that his parent's estate owned a majority share of the Le Roy location.
"I didn't want to be tied to there with the mortgage anymore," Pontillo said. "So, I think it's time for something new for me."
In November 2008, when the Batavia Pontillo's location closed, Sam Pontillo told the Batavia Daily News: "I do not own that one," Sam said, pointing west toward Batavia from the Le Roy Pontillo's. "I own this one."
The estate has been tied up in a protracted lawsuit.