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‘RHONJ’ pal accused in lawsuit of keeping boy’s bar mitzvah money

A devastated single mother promises she has been taken for far more than $33k by a party-arranging good friend of Teresa Giudice — and she’s submitted fit more than it.

Barrie Granito, an Upper East Aspect serious-estate agent, informed The Put up that she paid out $33,510 to Elvira Grau to host a bar mitzvah for her son. Now that the get together has had to be canceled simply because of COVID-19, she statements Grau will not give the revenue back.

Grau, 50, who owns Room New Jersey in Englewood, NJ, is mates with the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” girls, even producing cameo appearances on the Bravo clearly show and preparing functions for Giudice.

In January 2019, Granito agreed to maintain her son’s bar mitzvah at Grau’s new Midtown venue, Place 54.

“I realized that Elvira was acknowledged in New Jersey for producing fascinating get-togethers, so I created an appointment and had a tricky-hat tour [while Space 54] was continue to becoming created,” reported Granito. “I got genuinely thrilled.”

Elvira Grau (far right) with “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and a friend.
Elvira Grau (significantly suitable) with “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and a friend.Instagram

She explained that it experienced been the dying want of her mom, Sylvia, who handed away in 2018, that her grandson have a bar mitzvah. She even remaining revenue in her will to pay back for it.

“I signed a agreement, and I still left a deposit of $7,500 for a Might 15, 2020 social gathering,” she told The Put up.

In accordance to the criticism, the agreement said that “if House 54 fails to comply … owing to any party or act outdoors and outside of the scope of Space 54’s manage, [venue] legal responsibility shall be confined to a refund of the deposit.” Granito’s attorney, Marc Held, states in the submitting this suggests all the deposit cash.

Granito, who’s in her early 50s, said she agreed to a $40,000 offer like catering for 80 youngsters and 60 older people, as well as a DJ, workers, video games and dancers, tables and chairs, and a set-up for the religious provider.

She also acquired a pal in the deal — or so she assumed. “Elvira and I became extremely shut,” Granito stated.

She paid out all her deposits in money — and has the invoices to display for them — at Grau’s request. “I didn’t actually think about it,” Granito claimed. “I just went together with almost everything.”

In the second week of March, just as COVID hit and the town was experiencing a lockdown, she acquired a simply call from Grau.

Bar Mitzvah invitations for Barrie Granito’s son.
Bar Mitzvah invitations for Barrie Granito’s son.Helayne Seidman

“I experienced just hand-delivered most of the invites and Elvira and [her husband and business partner] Jim referred to as me and explained, ‘Can you do us a big favor and give us $10,000? We’re heading to be closing and we could genuinely use the cash to pay our workers. We’re in a bind,’” Granito alleged the female mentioned.

“I reported, ‘I never have that income.’ I had already paid $31,000 in money,” she recalled, noting that the bar mitzvah was nevertheless 12 weeks away at the time. “I’m so silly. They built me really feel terrible because they claimed the couldn’t pay for to pay out their team, so I ran around there and gave Elvira’s assistant whatever I experienced obtainable, which was $2,100,” Granito claimed.

The court docket submitting states that Granito was “pressured” to shell out her deposits early because the Graus were “broke.”

On March 16, when it became distinct they could not have the celebration as prepared, the girls settled on a new date of Oct. 23.

But as it grew to become clear that NYC probable wouldn’t be all set for occasions in the tumble, either, Granito as an alternative hosted her son’s bar mitzvah at home in May with a rabbi conducting the support about Zoom.

Grau available to hold the function in New Jersey, which is open up to get-togethers, but Granito instead requested for a refund — she experienced her heart established on a “cool NYC disco vibe.” She said Grau then set her off, declaring, “Let’s converse later.”

You can’t choose income from Peter to shell out Paul.

 – Granito, who alleges Elvira Grau didn’t refund a deposit so Grau could pay team

“But afterwards hardly ever happened and I haven’t read from her given that July,” Granito said.

In the meantime, she pointed out, Grau — who filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and saw her $3 million NJ house foreclosed in 2012, nonetheless proceeds to demonstrate a glitzy lifetime on Instagram — has been active in the course of the pandemic: launching “boozy brunches” at Place NJ and showing off a new food truck for outside gatherings on her social media.

After transient get in touch with in August, Granito claimed, there was “dead silence.” It was then, she reported, that “I understood I’m not acquiring my cash back.”

She experienced a few of social gathering planner close friends make contact with Grau, who allegedly claimed she did not have the dollars offered to refund Granito.

Evan Cowit, an legal professional for the Graus, instructed The Submit: “My clients have gone previously mentioned and beyond to try and accommodate Ms. Granito. They imagine that any promises she’s making are baseless and will vigorously protect on their own.”

This week, Granito’s attorney submitted a suit from Grau, her spouse and business partner Andrew Zang for the cash as well as fascination, legal professional service fees and aid for her distress.

“You just cannot just take income from Peter to pay out Paul,” Granito mentioned. “I want my revenue back again and I really don’t want any person else to endure like I have.”

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