Maria’s Roman Room closes

Maria's Restaurant has closed

A Lakewood landmark for nearly 50 years

Maria’s Restaurant — better known as Maria’s Roman Room — located next to Discount Drug Mart East at 11822 Detroit Ave. has closed. (See .PDF of menu)

Maria Bastulli operated the business for 44 years before selling it in early 2005 to Leonard and Olga Fink. Ownership transferred again in late 2008.

Sign in the front window

A sign posted in the window reads:

“The premises are under court ordered protection. Do not attempt entering or tamper with locks without proper legal authorization. Violators will be prosecuted.”

The building is owned by a trust bearing Maria Bastulli’s name. Property taxes from the second half of 2008, due in 2009, are delinquent to the tune of $3,679.35.

The Ohio taxman has four liens on the business:

JL-09-387477
JUDGMENT AMT: $4,051.29
MARIA TSIFTIS
107 GREENWOOD WAY N
NO OLMSTED, OH 44070
FROM DATE: 07/23/2009

JL-09-364298
JUDGMENT AMT: $1,639.91
J P FOOD SERVICE INC DBA MARIAS FAMILY RESTAURANT
FROM DATE: 01/29/2009

JL-08-345756
JUDGMENT AMT: $1,000.7
J P FOOD SERVICE INC DBA MARIAS FAMILY RESTAURANT
107 GREENWARD WAY N
NORTH OLMSTED, OH 44070
FROM DATE: 08/21/2008

JL-08-340964
JUDGMENT AMT: $1,573.16
J P FOOD SERVICE INC
107 GREENWARD WAY N
NORTH OLMSTED, OH 44070
FROM DATE: 07/24/2008

According to comments on Cleveland.com’s food forum, things were not going well for the most recent owners.

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