Jordan Caterers Closes Unexpectedly

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Jordan Rapoport, center, with then Jordan chefs Kevin Cottle, left and Van Hurd, at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

A well-known family catering business has unexpectedly closed.

The owners of Jordan Caterers Design Event Planners announced Monday night they are shutting down the family owned business because of poor economic conditions over the past several years.

In a prepared statement, Debra Rapoport said she and her husband, Jeff, “are truly sorry for the disruption this decision may cause and are incredibly appreciative of the support we have received over the past three decades.”

“We have always focused on putting our customers first and that continues to be of utmost importance,” she said in a statement originally posted on Facebook. “We are actively working with others in the catering community to do everything we can to limit the impact on our customers”

Jeff Rapoport told the Courant Monday there would be no additional comment.

The already popular Cheshire-based business gained additional celebrity about three years ago when it hired two well-known chefs who appeared on the Fox reality show ‘Hell’s Kitchen.’ Kevin Cottle left Jordan’s last year to be part of the Powder Ridge restoration project which includes a new restaurant. Van Hurd, from the same show, left the company two weeks ago.

The Rapoport’s son, Jordan, director of sales, had taken over the daily operations in 2012. He could not be reached for comment.

The  Rapoports began the family business as The Eaterie Delicatessen
and Restaurant in 1979 in Cheshire. In 1987 the company relocated and was rebranded as Jordan Caterers, and had two locations, Cheshire and Darien. The company had also managed food and catering operations at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Whinstone Tavern in New Britain, Guilford Yacht Club, New Haven Country Club and Artspace in New Haven.

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