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Patrons React to Colorado Café Closure

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WATCHUNG, NJ – The Colorado Café, known for more than two decades for its country line dancing and mechanical bull, officially closed its doors earlier this week, the announcement coming as a both a shock and disappointment to those who frequented the Watchung establishment.

In a July 3 message posted on their Facebook page, Colorado Café management and staff notified their more than 12,100 followers of the closure, stating, ‘We are closing forever. Thank you for the 22.5 years of memories, fun, good times, and happiness.”

The 6:50 p.m. July 3 Facebook post quickly garnered attention and, as of press time, the announcement had received more than 2,000 shares and nearly 2,100 comments. 

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“I started dancing there around 1995 [and] continued for years. Met many great people there. Had the best times ever. Sad to see them close the doors,” stated Michelle Jouvin.

Antonio Scola, Jr. stated, “A lot of awesome memories there. Very sad and upset right now.”

Others thought the post, at first, was a hoax with some calling it ‘#fakenews’ and others asking ‘is this a joke?’ particularly since the café had, just four days earlier, posted its July calendar of events on that very same social media page. Calls made by TAPinto to the Colorado Café following the wake of the announcement, however, confirmed the closure and soon photos of the closed sign posted on the Bonnie Burn Road establishment’s front door also began circulating on social media.

“We were in business for 22 years and we all decided that it was time to shut it down,” co-owner Angelo Porchetta told TAPinto. “I would like to thank all the loyal patrons – the people who were there on opening night and who were still there 22 years later – thank you. Through the years, those patrons, along with the staff and managers, made us the night club we were all these years.”

Colorado Café opened its doors in 1995 and was opened Wednesdays and Friday through Sunday. The establishment offered line dancing complete with lessons every Wednesday night, and on Fridays, there was karaoke and a top 40 dance party. Additionally, the Colorado Café restaurant featured a American fare bar/pub style menu and the venue, over the years, welcomed various live bands and was home to ‘Buck-off,’ New Jersey’s one and only mechanical bull.

“I feel like an old friend has died. I will always remember the friends I made there, dating my current husband there, going for my birthdays, my bachelorette, just to do something different with friends, all the dances I learned there…” stated Wendy Moses on Facebook. “…A part of my past is disappearing for good. RIP to the Colorado Café.”

“I remember when the Colorado Café opened. It was the first time I rode a mechanical bull,” added South Plainfield resident Tiffany. “Throughout the years, it was a meeting place for friends in surrounding towns. It will be missed, but I am thankful to Angelo Porchetta and all the owners for providing this great club and for all the fabulous memories.”

“This is a shame. I wish I got there one last time,” stated Patricia Gerber of Piscataway.

That sentiment was also echoed by a group who had just visited the Colorado Café five days earlier to celebrate a friend’s birthday. During their June 28 visit, the women enjoyed food and drinks, and some even tried their hand – and feet – at line dancing. They had also hoped to ride the bull but were told there was no one on site to operate it that evening; they planned to return over the summer and have the chance.

“I am in shock that Colorado Café is closed forever! I was just there on Wednesday night celebrating my birthday with friends, all ready to ride the bull,” said Shannon Adams. “When we left we had no idea that it would be the last time we would be in there.”

Tara Sotto, who was among those with Adams that night, added, “After an evening out with my friends at Colorado Cafe I was surprised to hear they closed. The food was great but unfortunately the bull didn't have an operator. The small crowd seemed to be regulars and truly enjoyed dancing. I do wish we could have road the bull as it was advertised for Wednesday evenings. Now, we will not have the opportunity."

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