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Mayfair Farms in West Orange Closes After 80 Years in Business

by Diana Cooper
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West Orange’s popular wedding and banquet hall, Mayfair Farms, has closed after eight decades in business. The owners shared the announcement earlier this month after closing shop on June 30th. Mayfair, located at 481 Eagle Rock Avenue  in West Orange, was an iconic location known for having beautiful wedding receptions and events. Read on to look back at the history of Mayfair Farms.

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(Photo credit: Mayfair Farms Facebook)

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The Family Business of Mayfair Farms

Mayfair Farms was formerly known as The Mayfair Club. The property, located at 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, was purchased in 1942 by local businessman Martin L. Horn Sr. After much renovation, the property was transformed into a “gracious home” which was used as a private luncheon club. It then evolved into a restaurant and catering facility known as Mayfair Farms. In 1943, Martin was awarded the first President of the New Jersey Restaurant Association for his faithful service. 

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(Photo credit: Mayfair Farms Facebook)

To date, four generations of the Horn family have taken over business and have since continued to offer a “firm commitment to the family police of serving the highest quality foods in a timeless and elegant atmosphere.” 

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Closing Its Doors

A message posted on the wedding venue’s website and Facebook page on July 2nd informed its beloved guests that Mayfair Farms has officially closed on June 30th, 2022.

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(Photo credit: Mayfair Farms Facebook)

“THANK YOU & FAREWELL! After 80 years of successful business, Mayfair Farms has officially closed. We would like to thank you for sharing life’s most memorable occasions with us. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many people who have become dear friends and supporters through the years, and to our loyal and loving staff for their dedication. It has been a most rewarding journey. Established 1942 — Closed, June 30, 2022.”

So what will the property be used for going forward? According to a Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting held on June 9th, an application has been submitted to turn it into a senior living facility. Monarch Development Group JV LLC is seeking “variances to subdivide the existing property and create construction of a multi-level senior housing facility.”

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(Photo credit: Mayfair Farms Facebook)

Prior to this, back in May, Mayor Robert Parisi and town council members granted the use of Remarkable Foods Hospitality, LLC, to park their Wonder food trucks and serve the town and neighboring communities at Mayfair Farms.

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Mayfair Farm’s Popularity

Mayfair Farms hosted more than weddings and banquets. It also held pop up events such as networking events, award ceremonies, proms, bar and bat mitzvahs, business meetings, charity events, food and wine events, dinner and wine tasting events, holiday buffets and so forth.

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(Photo credit: Mayfair Farms Facebook)

Over the years, Mayfair has been recognized in the news such as being ranked in the highest-rated wedding venues list in NJ and consistently ranked among the best catering facilities in NJ. It’s been recognized nationwide for winning various awards such as 2012 and 2019’s The Knot’s Best of Weddings Venues and 2012’s Bride’s Choice Awards.

Weddings in West Orange

The good news is that there are other wedding venues in the West Orange area where engaged couples can tie the knot. These include The Manor, The Highlawn, The Park Savoy Estate, Pleasantdale Chateau and Conference Estate, Crystal Plaza, Park Chateau Estate and Gardens, and The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

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