The Jersey Café is closing their doors after 33 years serving our community. The owners of the restaurant Joe and Valerie Cuce send the following message to the community and their beloved customers.
“It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that we are announcing the closure of the Jersey Café after nearly 33 years. We are¡ proud to say that we had a very successful run and will always be thankful for our loyal customers. Our staff, most of them with us for many years, made the café what it is today. Their loyalty, dedication and love will always be close to our heart: Endearing and never forgotten.
“The reason for this sudden decision is not our doing. The owners of Western Way Plaza want to create a large retail space on the west side of the plaza to attract a big national tenant. They call it progress. We call it "sad." Today, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, I called a full staff meeting to let them know. Shock turned to tears and, eventually, hugs. We have been together for many years, so it was like telling my family the worst news I could have imagined.
No one has a better staff than we do. Given the opportunity to leave as soon as they could replace their jobs, everyone said to me, "Boss — we're with you until the end." Blessed am I.
To all the other restaurants in the area, please keep my crew in mind as they go out searching for a new job. Each one is perfect at what they do and all come with my recommendation for their work ethic, honesty, reliability and love for what they do. Yes, we have surely been blessed by God to have them. A special heartfelt "thank you" must go to our two managers, Stacey and Jewell. They have kept us going...and going...like the Energizer Bunny!
“We plan on staying open with business as usual for approximately 3 to 4 more weeks. We encourage our customers to redeem all gift certificates by this month’s end. Sorry, but there cannot be cash refunded for any gift certificates but you are welcome to redeem them for food as long as we are open for business. Also, completed loyalty cards will be honored up until our last day.
“In closing, we want to say that we believe that God has a plan for all of us. We must be needed elsewhere to do his bidding. Why else would he break up our happy family? Surely it is for his glory. God bless you all and thank you for 33 wonderful years. Please come by in the next few weeks to give our staff your blessings for their future.”
— Joe & Valerie Cuce