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Pejamajo's Closing Draws Strong Reaction from Patrons

Owners say they don't know when they will re-open but expect it will be at least five months.

Pejamajo Cafe in Holliston has closed for at least five months. Credit: www.facebook.com
Pejamajo Cafe in Holliston has closed for at least five months. Credit: www.facebook.com
Pejamajo in Holliston has closed its doors for an indefinite amount of time.  The following email was sent to their customers which indicates they hope to expand their kitchen and re-open in five months. 

TELL US what you think about this business closing for a few months. Some folks are disappointed because they just bought or received gift certificates for Christmas, others are saying to give the business owners a chance to turn the business around. What do you think? 

Original email sent by Pejamajo Cafe owners Peter and Jane Savas:

Pejamajo Cafe Holliston is temporarily suspending operations on January 1, 2014. As you might imagine, this was not an easy decision.

We have delivered on our promise to provide Holliston and the surrounding communities with quality foods and beverages in a hospitable, clean, cozy space to eat, meet, read, write, blog, author books, listen to local entertainers and view images created by community artists. The fact that we have won awards for our food and our venue is truly gratifying. With 24 people on our payroll, we delivered on our promise to provide jobs for our community. Unfortunately, we have not delivered on our promise to routinely meet or exceed our customers' needs for timely service. It is clear that despite everyone's best efforts, our kitchen as designed in 2009 is not suited to deliver high quality meals consistently and quickly.

We are in discussions with potential business partners who understand the needs of the quick service market. They have the experience, contacts and relationships necessary to redesign our kitchen so that every member of our staff can efficiently prepare high quality, affordable meals. While we do not know yet exactly how long this project will take but estimate up to five months.

To the many loyal customers who have stood by us since 2009 and who we have come to know and appreciate, thank you. We welcome constructive suggestions: jesavas@pejamajo.com.

Best wishes for the New Year,
Peter and Jane Savas
Susan Petroni (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 01:22 AM
Will they honor the Groupon when they re-open? They sold more than 1,000 in December and it is still post on Groupon now. http://www.groupon.com/deals/pejamajo-caf
Theresa Knapp (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 08:41 AM
I have asked the owners and hope to hear back soon.
Michelle Weiner Taylor January 03, 2014 at 09:10 AM
I too am saddened to hear that Pejamajo's is temporarily closing, however, I feel that they did a disservice to the community by not letting people know of their intention as of January 1st. I bought over $60 in gift certificates for Christmas gifts and still have $50 on a gift card -- hopefully the people for whom I bought gift certificates won't lose their paper gift certificates (Pejamajo's no longer issues gift cards). Holding onto to a paper gift certificate for 5 months or longer is highly unlikely - more likely to get lost! So Pejamajo's has my money with the good intention of sharing their food and drinks with others - but I had expected to give those recipients more than a week to use their gift certificates. Pejamajo's should have at least stopped selling gift certificates or had a notice on their counter alerting their loyal customers of their intentions. Needless to say I feel conscientiously misled - $60 is a lot of money in gift PAPER certificates to hope that they are not lost. Disappointed in their lack of communication to the community.
Theresa Knapp (Editor) January 03, 2014 at 03:56 PM
I have emailed the owners at the address in the story but have not heard back yet. Will keep you posted.
chniki88 January 04, 2014 at 06:52 AM
I also bought groupons and gift certificates and feel as thou they scammed their customers by selling them knowing they were going to close . I am not so confident in their re - opening or the statement they gave since finding out they posted their business for sale on Craigslist months ago .. So they had no right to sell gift cert. knowing they were selling... Oh add still posted for 275,000 it can be yours
chniki88 January 04, 2014 at 07:06 AM
Holliston - Coffee Shop / Cafe / Bistro Asking Price: $275,000 Location: Holliston, MA (Middlesex County) Gross Income: $625,000 Contact Seller ▶ High traffic, corner location. Sales $12,000 Per Week. 1,800 Square Feet plus basement. Full Liquor License. 40 Seats + patio. 11 Year Lease. Rent $5,250 Per Month. Limited Competition. Ideal for Chef Owner, Cafe or Ethnic Bistro. Rare opportunity. Visit our website to see more information and photos. Business For Sale Listed By: Steve, Tony or Brian Northeast Restaurant Group 617-564-1448 Contact Seller ▶
Michelle Tate January 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM
I hope they re-open soon and will welcome them with open arms! I love patronizing our downtown businesses, and we have limited places to eat in Holliston. Pejamajos may have had issues with how long it took for food to be prepared, but they also provided a wonderful place in our town for folks to get together. There are other great places, too, but Pejamajos filled a special niche and I wish them well! I am sure they will try to do what they can to help out those folks who purchased Groupons, etc.

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