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The Storming of the National Hotel Follows Last Month’s Storming of the Bastille Celebration in Frenchtown, NJ

After over a year of having one of the prime businesses in Frenchtown, NJ, completely shuttered, The National Hotel was purchased on July 31st by Pete and Marie D'Costa, who will remove the wooden boards off its premises on August 8th at 3 p.m.

Frenchtown, NJ, August 07, 2009 --( On Saturday, August 8th at 3 p.m., the wooden boards on the front of The National Hotel in Frenchtown, NJ will be torn off.

The similarities in the significance of the storming of the Bastille (a/k/a Bastille Day) as the flashpoint of the French Revolution, and the “storming of The National Hotel’s shuttered premises” is an exaggeration, but nonetheless the removal of the wooden boards that have shuttered The National Hotel for over a year will truly mean a resuscitation of a historic town’s anchor business and the rejuvenation of the town itself.

The wooden boards on the front of The National Hotel not only darkened the entrance to the town, as it is situated at the entrance of the town driving in from Route 12, but also darkened and depressed the town.

Pete and Marie D’Costa, new owners of The National Hotel, will be joined by Frenchtown’s mayor, Ron Sworen, members of Borough Hall, family, and Frenchtown friends, to celebrate the “storming of The National Hotel’s shuttered premises,” in essence tearing down the wooden boards and beginning the process of reopening this great property.

“We took possession of the property on July 31st, and have been welcomed with open arms by Frenchtonians. From simple comments, ‘Thank you for weeding,’ by a passerby, to a local merchant asking, ‘May I hug you?’ after learning we were the couple who was buying The National Hotel when word spread during our visit to Frenchtown’s Bastille Day Celebration last month,” said Pete D’Costa.

Frenchtown is possibly the best kept secret in Hunterdon County, with unique stores, quaint restaurants, a walking and biking path, and 3 annual river festivals, located right on the Delaware River, it is a town that brings back historic charm, elegance, warmth, and an unabashed personal touch.

How appropriate then, that this momentous occasion kicks off Frenchtown’s Police National Night Out and Annual Town Picnic, by removing The National Hotel’s wooden planks and opening this beautiful and historic 1833 building to experience a rebirth after being closed for over a year.

For more information on Pete or Marie D’Costa, visit their blog at, or call Marie D’Costa at 347-225-2251. In the near future, visit for more information.

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