To all of our wonderful guests of Highlawn Pavilion and friends the Knowles family--to those who we have not had the opportunity to inform directly--we would like to personally announce the successful transfer of the operation of Highlawn Pavilion from our care to the Frungillo family. As much as we wished to share pieces of our intentions more broadly sooner, we've been working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that we were able to pass the torch to another local family-owned northern New Jersey hospitality business with a stellar reputation for quality and professionalism.

As most of you know, Highlawn Pavilion is an Essex County-owned property, like the park in which it resides. For over 35 years as lease holders, we have worked tirelessly and invested greatly to hone this wonderful historic property into a gem for scenic fine dining and contribute to the betterment of the park as well. As regular customers of Highlawn Pavilion, we know that the Frungillos share the same love of the business, the building, and its history as we do. We are confident that their family will continue to build upon the quality of experience that we strove to establish and will fulfill our hopes of maintaining operations of Highlawn Pavilion as a cherished dining destination and home to special milestones for the community in which we live for many years to come.

This exchange ensures continuity for our customers, its continued operation as a family small business for the community, another quality partnership for Essex County, an exciting new venture for the new lease holders, and for ourselves, the opportunity to fully pursue our business strategy as we emerge from Covid-19 restrictions. The arrangement marks the successful completion of the transition plans of our business structure from restaurant operations to private events, as we have already accomplished with our other venues. And if ever there was a time—and opportunities—for change, this would seem it. We eagerly now turn our full attention to our over half-century pedigree of hosting the best in weddings, social functions, and corporate events at our other West Orange venues.

Please join us in congratulating the Frungillo family and offer them well wishes on their new venture. We hope that they enjoy as much of your support and patronage as we've been fortunate to receive. Stay tuned for announcements from their family and news of your next chance to revisit Highlawn Pavilion.

To each and every one of you who have been our loyal customers, employees, clients, vendors, and dear friends all along the way, we are truly grateful to have shared so many special moments with you at Highlawn Pavilion. Thank you all. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you. And, of course, we hope to see you again soon at our hotel and our other West Orange banquet event facilities as we all move towards a promising outlook for events in our busy season once again!

With Gratitude to All,

The Knowles Family

Inspired Cuisine + A Park-like Setting + Stunning Tableside Views + Memorable Celebrations

At the crest of the over 400 acres of park and nature preserve that is Eagle Rock Reservation sits the historic Highlawn Pavilion. Saved from ruin and restored to elegant splendor, this restaurant and special event venue offers sweeping panoramic views of the New York City skyline and the surrounding landscape in-between.

The impressive grand vistas are matched only by Highlawn Pavilion’s unique brand of “American Fare with European Flair.” The acclaimed cuisine, carefully-curated wine list, sophisticated service, and incomparable ambiance set the stage for an unmistakably unique culinary adventure. Join us for lunch or dinner and experience Highlawn Pavilion for yourself.

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Posted by Highlawn Pavilion on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Distinctive Weddings + Special Events

In addition to fine dining, Highlawn Pavilion is also recognized as one of New Jersey’s best wedding venues, as well as an in-demand destination for bar mitzvah and all of life’s most important milestone celebrations.

With the expansive park surroundings, a dedicated outdoor ceremony area with the skyline as a backdrop, and its striking ambiance, weddings and receptions at Highlawn Pavilion are truly distinctive. At every turn, you’ll find exquisite details setting the scene for your special event. From the dramatic arches of the authentic Florentine-style architecture to exquisite antiques throughout, Highlawn Pavilion lends just the right touch of elegance to any celebration.

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