Political watering hole in Trenton to be razed

    A shuttered Trenton restaurant that was once a popular watering hole for state politicians and powerbrokers is about to be demolished.

    Former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli tells The Times of Trenton that his real estate development firm plans to tear down the old Pete Lorenzo’s Cafe in several weeks.

    The restaurant is located near the Trenton train station and just blocks from the statehouse. It went out of business in 2009.

    Torricelli says Woodrose Properties bought the site in a bankruptcy sale for about $450,000.

    He tells The Times the property will be used as a parking lot at first. He says plans for a $20 million office complex will need transit tax credits, not currently available for projects of its size, to go forward.

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