BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Customers steadily filtered through Station House Café for one last meal before Mouris Gawrgy closed his door for the last time on Friday after 31 years in business.
Mo worked seven days a week and loved his customers and the work. Station House Café will be sorely missed as the go-to spot for his loyal customers that span multiple generations. It was the joint where everybody knows your name and always had the hot coffee pouring and a breakfast and lunch menu that pleased all appetites.
Dr. Patrick Smith, Chairman of the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic, helped to ensure a proper send off for Mo and his wife Sonia and gathered the business community for one last meal. Mayor Angie Devanney, Council President Jeanne Kingsley, Councilman Manny Couto, Police Chief Jason Massimino and members of the police department also stopped by to present Mo with a proclamation for his 31 years serving the community with his friendly service and delicious food.
Mo opened the Station House Cafe in 1989 with his wife Sounia and their three daughters helping with the family business. Mo also graciously employed many young residents throughout the years.
Gail and Mark Seely have been regulars at Station House Café since its opening. Their daughter, Colleen, helped Mo while she attended college, and over the years, she helped when needed, like today.
The Seely's would walk to Station House from their Lincoln Street neighborhood. "We walk over with the kids. He [Mo] watched my kids grow up, now our grandchildren," said Gail Seely. She also watched Mo's children grow up and get married.
The pandemic hit small businesses especially hard and Mo, who normally worked seven days a week, had to close for several months and re-engineer his customer-centric business to a predominantly take-out business. Although the pandemic was hard, Mo told the crowd, "It is hard to leave -- but it's timing. I want to thank everybody."
"Farewell for now to all my Station House Café friends," said Mouris.