found out last week that their wedding deposits to Brooklyn restaurateur Jason Stevens of Rebar has been lost. It is unlikely that they will ever see their money again, as evidence mounds that Stevens, who has disappeared, was under investigation and owed the IRS quite a bit of money.
One of the unlucky couples is from Carroll Gardens. Stephanie Kutch and her fiancé Christian Pascarella visited ReBar a few times in the past few months before deciding to have their special day at the popular Dumbo venue. Between visits, the fee kept on increasing, so Jason Stevens encouraged the young couple to pay the entire fee in advance "to lock in the price." Stephanie and Christian handed Jason $17,500 of their hard earned money in March 2014.
I have known Stephanie Kutch since she was a little girl. She was my daughter's classmate at PS 58 and it has been a pleasure seeing grow into a lovely young lady. You may have met her at the Mazzone's Paint Store at 211 Smith Street, where she is the manager.
Matt Mazzone was kind enough to set up an online fundraiser for the young couple. Perhaps you would like to make a donation so that Stephanie and Christian can still have their wedding in October 2015?
Click here to contribute to the online fundraiser.