Auburn restaurant abruptly closes without warning

An Auburn restaurant has abruptly closed months after its seizure by the state for nonpayment of taxes. GJP Italian Eatery, located in the corner of Auburn Plaza on Grant Avenue, closed sometime in mid-December. Two “for lease” signs have been placed in its windows.

Tim Kerstetter, property manager of plaza owner Auburn Associates, said it took over the space Dec. 12, meaning GJP owner Salvatore Musumeci probably vacated it a few days prior. “They pretty much moved out in the middle of the night, so to speak,” Kerstetter said.

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