The Cretella family is synonymous with hospitality. Merging their love of culinary and architecture with their innate business acumen, Jeanne and Frank Cretella have built Landmark Hospitality from the ground up. Not only innovators within the industry for over four decades, Jeanne and Frank – together since they were both twelve years old – have been married for close to 40 years.
The opening of Liberty House, our first Jersey City waterfront property in 2001, reconfirmed us as a dynamic powerhouse within the world of hospitality. Prior to making our mark in New Jersey, we owned and operated The Boat House in Central Park, NYC; Lundy’s, a former popular Brooklyn seafood restaurant, and American Park, a Battery Park eatery with a direct view of the Statue of Liberty. Today, Landmark Hospitality owns and operates a portfolio of over 11 distinctive venues, boutique hotels and impeccable restaurants throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our team members are Memorymakers – the ones who set the scene for creating exceptional memories – and we specialize in perfecting the art of fine dining, weddings, corporate events, on-site catering, and destination events.
In 2001, Frank, a seasoned real estate developer, established Landmark Developers, a boutique real estate development company and its in-house construction firm, Black Dog Construction. The pair are widely known for transforming historical or underutilized properties into uniquely modern residential complexes, vibrant retail, office spaces and prestigious hospitality venues. Jeanne has devoted much of her time to working with schools around the state dedicated to students with Autism. She has successfully spearheaded partnerships between students with disabilities and restaurants throughout the State with the goal of providing these individuals with real work experience. In 2015 their daughter, Maddy, joined Landmark Hospitality and is responsible for continuing to grow the Landmark brand as a leader in hospitality. The trio is all about people, exceptional experiences, relationships and celebrations. This mentality is what has helped them to grow their team to 900+ employees.
We have always strived to make an impact on our community by continuing to give back. Landmark’s corporate giving program, “Help Us Give” (H.U.G.) was established in 2001 and is dedicated to helping the community – specifically youth – through local charities and events. Most recently, we established the Art of Hospitality Workers Alliance, a foundation to support the needs and dreams of hospitality workers by offering career paths, growth opportunities, and propelling career advancement all while offering financial support.
With many more exciting projects on the horizon, the Cretella’s and their fellow Memorymakers have no plans on slowing down.