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AJ's Cafe to Reopen in Highland Park Church

The cafe will open under a new name in the basement of St. Benedict's Church in Highland Park, Huffington Post Detroit reports.

AJ's Cafe in Ferndale , but the coffeeshop will be back under a new name in Highland Park next month, HuffPost Detroit reported Wednesday.

The downtown coffee shop made headlines over the past five years for its supporting America's auto industry.

Owner A.J. O'Neil - which some called the "living room of Ferndale" - when its five-year lease on W. Nine Mile Road was up. He said running the shop had become unaffordable.

But O'Neil is planning to reopen the coffeehouse in August in the basement of St. Benedict's Church in Highland Park, HuffPost reported. O'Neil, a native Highland Park resident, told HuffPost he hopes the relocation will help generate interest and investment in the city.

Read the full article here.

The new location will offer coffee, a new vegan menu and continue its tradition of live music and open mic nights.

"We're in our humble beginnings," O'Neil told HuffPost Detroit. "We're taking the great things we accomplished in AJ's in Ferndale and simply moving it into a church basement."

Buddyb July 30, 2012 at 03:38 PM
@Ferndale Resident, when you say that you saw someone cleaning when you drove by?? Does that mean littering the joint with Debris? BTW you have to actually put your face against the glass to see into AJ's old place... Nice try
Buddyb July 30, 2012 at 03:43 PM
@Don, Absolutely Correct Don! I can get a notice because I leave my garbage cans out a day late (garbage day on Thursday) because i went up north and didn't come back until Sunday, but nothing is done about the downtown aban shops.
Ardy July 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Code Enforcement in Ferndale was went from 1st class to the pitts. I've called because the two Section 8 homes on my street can't seem to keep their yards in order. Personally, recycling should be mandatory for Section 8 homes.
Ferndale Resident July 30, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The door was open and I saw people moving various items out of the building. ...Nice try.
Buddyb July 31, 2012 at 04:19 AM
@Ferndale Resident, My wife and I walked by there on Sunday evening and it was still a pigs sty just the way it was the last time we walked by but I'm sure its immaculate now, you're right. I apologize. :)

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