Norristown banquet hall closes weeks before bride-to-be's wedding

Watch the report from Action News' Sharrie Williams.
April 17, 2014 8:35:51 PM PDT
Donna Thompson is a bride to be. She has the date, the ring, and the love of her life but what she doesn't have is a place to hold her wedding reception.

"I get a call yesterday and it was very disturbing," said Thompson.

Thompson says that call was from Victor Morris, the businessman behind the Four Seasons Banquet Hall in Norristown.

"He says, 'I'm sorry to tell you our doors are closed.' I said, 'What do you mean my doors are closed?' He said, 'I can't cater your wedding," said Thompson.

The building is shut and has a court notice on the front door. Morris is being sued by the landlord and ordered to close.

Dozens of brides were planning to have their big day here.

Thompson even gave Morris a deposit check of $1,000 and hasn't gotten it back.

"I said, 'How about my money?' He says, 'I'll give you your money back but it will be later on a couple of weeks.' I said, 'I need my deposit down so I can go somewhere else," said Thompson.

Action News reached out to Morris but only got his voicemail.

We also went to see the landlord Rudolph Digiacomo to ask what the lawsuit was about.

"I'm the landlord. I own the real estate he rented from me, he was way back on his rent for a long time. I worked with him. I did all I can to try and keep him in there but he kept going back and back on his rent. It's a lot of money so I had to evict him," said Digiacomo.

According to court documents Morris owes the landlord more than $36,000.

With the wedding weeks away Thompson is out of $1,000 and out of a banquet hall.

"I'm feeling like a Godzilla, I want to kill somebody. Shame on him, he should have told us before" said Thompson.

Now Thompson and many others are down to the wire, scrambling to find a place to have their reception.


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