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Scalo still closed, despite co-owner’s promise


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Scalo Northern Italian Grill remained closed Monday, despite co-owner Stephen Paternoster’s promise that it would reopen on Sunday.

Paternoster’s comments about reopening the Nob Hill restaurant came just minutes after District Court Judge Jane Levy last week granted him and his estranged wife, Jane Fertig, more time to decide who will be in charge of the business.

Neither Paternoster nor Fertig could be reached for comment Monday.

Scalo closed on Dec. 11, stating on social media that there was damage due to a waterline break.

A few days later, Fertig filed a petition in District Court in Bernalillo County seeking control of the restaurant, claiming erratic behavior by Paternoster. Last week, Levy postponed a hearing on the petition to March 21 so the two sides could work out an agreement.

Fertig on Jan. 9 won a temporary order to take control of the restaurant.

Bernalillo County records show that Scalo faces three Internal Revenue Service tax liens totaling over $200,000. On Dec. 27, the restaurant’s landlord, Nob Hill Investors LLC, filed suit against Esperanza Enterprises, the company that owns Scalo, accusing the company of failing to pay rent and other charges.