So the “Coming Soon” sign at Mr. G’s a couple months ago wasn’t an exaggeration. It’s been open for more than a week, with an “official” grand opening planned on Monday. Last year we could barely find a cafe or coffee shop and now we can expect three by summer’s end (Kataluma Chai and Inthemix).
I stopped in before a City Council meeting last week after noticing some activity, an open door and balloons. Owner George Simpson — the G in Mr. G’s Cafe — was the original franchisee of Cuppy’s Coffee, which had signed a lease last summer, but that deal fell through to say the least.
Another note on local retail/commercial: It looks like a new Rahway Barber Shop will replace the former Rahway Florist on West Grand Avenue. The two-story property at 739 W. Grand Ave. got a facelift over the last few months, including a new awning and new windows on the second-floor apartments.
The 3,000-square-foot building sits across from Rocky’s Bar and Grill and C-Town and changed hands about a year ago for $330,000. Assessed at $250,600, the 0.1952-acre site paid about $12,000 in property taxes last year, according to state property records.