PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield officially welcomed its newest downtown establishment, Queen City Coffee Roasters, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.  The business had a soft opening in September, and has been generating buzz ever since.

Tucked into a corner on Court Place, the hip coffee shop hosted officials, city administrators and members of the community on Halloween with the sounds of jazz, complements of local band Matt Kane Music.

Queen City Coffee Roasters Owner Maher Janajri began the ceremony by sharing his Ecuadorian heritage and his love for coffee, thanks to his grandparents who were also in attendance.

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“Everyone here shares the same mission and vision for the city. It’s why we are planting our roots here. It’s why we called the project Queen City Coffee Roasters and why the coffee bags say Roasted with Love in Plainfield, NJ."

Janajri continued, saying, "When we first moved to New Jersey, Plainfield was where my parents settled. We lived across from this building, so being back here makes us incredibly proud, and we are so optimistic where the city is heading. Plainfield is now our home.”

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Mayor Adrian O. Mapp thanked the owners for making an investment in the Queen City, and said he hopes to attract similar specialty businesses to the downtown area that will be a part of the intentional vision that the administration has for Plainfield.

Mapp addressed the owners and those in attendance, saying, “Our best days are ahead of us, and I am grateful for the confidence that you have placed in us. We are working very hard to revitalize our downtown.”

City Council President Joylette Mills-Ransome offered similar sentiments, noting specialty shops like this are very important to revitalize downtown, and she said she's very happy that Queen City Coffee Roasters is here.

Valerie Jackson, Director of Economic Development, mentioned that folks will begin to see a lot happening downtown.  “I use your business as an example of the new Plainfield, and we want hip and historic businesses.”

Jackson urged attendees to support all of the great eateries and businesses in the downtown area.  She mentioned the city’s UEZ sign grant program, which Janajri said he took full advantage of to achieve the signature look of the Queen City Coffee Roasters.

The grand opening festivities will continue throughout the weekend with an arts and craft session planned for Friday at 1 p.m. and Ecuadorian folk music on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stop by and grab a cup of Joe, and welcome Plainfield’s new business owners, Maher and Monica.

Queen City Coffee Roasters is located at 200 Court Place, right next to the Municipal Courthouse.  For more information visit them on the web at