The reality stars East Hanover, New Jersey, restaurant, Gorga's Homemade Pasta & Pizza, is closing less than one year after it opened.
A source has revealed: "The actual owner of the restaurant and Joe worked out this deal where Joe would get money … if he lent his name and image to the restaurant. But the owner never made good on his end of the deal so Joe is done with the restaurant."
And it's understood her husband Joe Giudice, 45, is not pleased about the restaurant closing although he and Melissa Gorga, 36, have no direct involvement in it.
Their lawyer, James J. Leonard, revealed: "They are looking for a bigger space, more conducive to the original vision that they had for the restaurant."
The pizza and pasta joint appeared as a storyline of The Real Housewives of New Jersey with Gorga, 38, opening it in tribute to his and Giudice's parents, Giancinto and Antonia, in May 2017.
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