For several years, things have not been ducky at Cobbs Mill Inn.
After Drew Friedman — owner of the legendary Weston restaurant — died in 2016, the executor of his estate attempted to sell the property.
He reached an agreement with Cleves & Siguenza Properties, in January 2022. However, Friedman’s widow Laura objected, claiming the price was too low.
When the Probate Court overruled her, she and Anthony Villano attempted to keep the property for herself. They occupied the site after the sale closed, refused to leave when requested by Cleves & Siguenza, and denied them access to the property.
Friedman and Villano also recorded documents on the land records, claiming an interest in the property over Cleves & Siguenza.
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In June 2022, the law firm of McCarter & English tried the case in a 3-day bench trial in Stamford. The court rejected 9 defenses offered by Friedman and Villano.
Last Friday, the court granted judgment in favor of Cleves & Sigeunza for immediate possession of Cobbs Mill Inn. Friedman and Villano were ordered to remove their personal property by August 5.
Joseph Cherico, lead trial lawyer at McCarter for Cleves & Siguenza, says that his clients are “excited for the day when they can renovate and reopen this special property.”
The law offices of Joseph F. Mulvey also represented Cleves & Siguenza.
In response to a request for comment, Friedman emailed one word — “heartbroken!” — along with photos of her wedding to Drew Friedman at Cobbs Mill Inn.