Frank & Jeanne Cretella - Landmark Venues

Frank & Jeanne Cretella

Jeanne and Frank are the founders of Landmark Hospitality, who own and manage distinctive venues such as Liberty House Restaurant inside Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ; Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Warren, NJ; Crave Caterers, an off-premise catering division, Celebrate at Snug Harbor, inside Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, Staten Island, NY; and Landmark Destination Weddings.  Recently, the Cretella’s took over the famed Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ.  The ten acre property is in the midst of undergoing major renovations.  Phase one has been completed, and includes a fully renovated main house, which serves as the restaurant, where they were just awarded four stars by NJ Monthly.  Phases two and three include event facilities, indoor wedding ceremony area, bride and groom cottages, and a boutique hotel.  The property will also boast state of the art hydroponic farm as well as traditional plantings.  Previous operations include: The Boathouse inside Central Park, NY; American Park at the Battery in NY; and Lundy’s in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, NY.  Future plans also include the addition of North River House, in Jersey City, NJ, a pre-existing, unoccupied waterfront structure that will be expanded to include approximately thirty-six hotel rooms, two event spaces and a full-service restaurant.

Frank, a seasoned real estate developer, works very closely with his wife, Jeanne, pertaining to Landmark Hospitality with his focus on strategic planning, marketing, brand recognition, construction and renovations.  Recently, Frank has been involved in the acquisition and the development of Celebrate at Snug Harbor, as well as development of a proprietary software based call center for inbound reservations for all hospitality venues.  Frank has also been involved in the redevelopment and revitalization of the five block area known as the North Avenue Historic Train Station District in Plainfield, NJ.  With numerous historical buildings under renovation, Frank now has the opportunity to work with other restaurateurs as both tenants and co-workers.

Jeanne and Frank have always believed in committing themselves to the communities in which they conduct business.  With that said, Landmark’s corporate giving program, “Help Us Give” (H.U.G.) was established in 2001 and is dedicated to this cause.  Through H.U.G., Landmark Hospitality has hosted ongoing community events while aiding local organizations on an ongoing basis.  H.U.G.’s fundraising efforts include, hosting an event for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and NJ Sail, a program dedicated to teaching valuable skills to youth, as well as contributing to local charities on a monthly basis.  The efforts of H.U.G. have been recognized by American Express and the National Restaurant Association, and the Liberty House has been awarded the “Good Neighbor Award” for the State of New Jersey as well as the Governors Diamond Award on Tourism.  Most recently, Jeanne was awarded the Gold Plate Award from the New Jersey Restaurant Association for outstanding service in the industry and community.  In house community events include: The Snowflake Awards which welcomes approximately 350 elementary school children each year to participate in a tree decorating contest allowing the three top schools to revive a cash donation to their art departments.  The Annual Spring Egg Hunt where, for an afternoon, local children have an opportunity to bake cookies, do arts and crafts, play games, and of course, have an egg hunt.  Free “Movies in the Park” on a thirty five foot jumbo screen and “Art in the Park” which encourages local artists to display their work in our Gardens. Frank is currently on the Board of the 200 Club, Hudson County, NJ as well as Saint Patrick’s and All Saints Schools, Jersey City, NJ.  Jeanne currently serves on the Boards of the Sandra and Glen Cunningham Foundation, Hudson County Community College Foundation Board and the New Jersey Restaurant Association.  She is a Member of Senator Cunningham’s Women’s Advisory Group (WAG) and active with the Regional Day School for Autistic Children in Jersey City.  Most recently Jeanne joined the American Cancer Society as a member of their Leadership Council as well as a partisan of the advisory group for Casa Belvedere, a newly established Italian Cultural Center in Staten Island.  Frank was recently nominated to the Executive Board of the Hudson County Alliance to End Homelessness, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to remediating homelessness throughout Hudson County, New Jersey.  Frank and Jeanne have been married for over twenty five years and have one daughter, Madeline.