Morristown restaurant stunned by sudden death of greeter

The Office Tavern Grill. Photo:
The Office Tavern Grill. Photo:


Staff at the Office Tavern Grill in Morristown are grieving the loss of colleague Carlos Rivera, a greeter there who died in a nearby parking garage early Saturday after working his shift at the restaurant.

“We’re saddened by the loss and shocked by it. We’re all hurting, obviously,” a spokesman for the Villa Restaurant Group, the chain that owns the Office, said on Monday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,” added Jennifer Petrella, a spokeswoman for 40NORTH Restaurants, a Villa division.

A Morris County Sheriff’s Investigator who responded to the scene attempted to revive Rivera, who was found unresponsive in his car parked atop the DeHart Street garage at 1:40 a.m.

The 40-year-old Lodi resident was pronounced dead at Morristown Medical Center less than an hour later.  The suspected cause of death was a heart attack, Morristown Public Safety Director Michael Corcoran Jr. said on Monday.

Rivera was a security contractor who worked with the Villa group for some time, according to people who knew him.

Shortly before his death, Rivera had mentioned to co-workers that he wasn’t feeling well, according to law enforcement sources.

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