By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
SEYMOUR >> After nearly 40 years in the wedding/restaurant business, Villa Bianca owner Tony Mavuli is giving away his entire empire: the inn, a restaurant, the banquet facility, the chapel, his 4,000-square-foot home and the limos — and $100,000 in the bank, to boot.
Mavuli, 65, is ready to retire and has embarked on a unique way to find the next person or persons qualified to take over the Inn at Villa Bianca, which he has built up at 312 Roosevelt Drive over the past 35 years.
Mavuli said his children “sadly” do not want to take over the family business. So he created an essay contest and, for a $1,000 entry fee, the lucky individual who puts pen to paper and tells a panel of judges why he or she should win Mavuli’s “dream life” will inherit quite a hefty prize.
The giveaway includes the Inn at Villa Bianca itself, complete with banquet and hotel rooms, which sits on nine acres of sprawling, meticulously landscaped grounds, the wedding chapel, the fleet of limousines, the 1757 Tavern Restaurant, Mavuli’s fully furnished home on the property and a nice chunk of change — $100,000 — in a bank account.
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