It's not what they want. O-Town Cafe owner, Steven Cohen, told Owosso Now on Tuesday that the restaurant's unexpected closing is related to complications from the former Cap City Cafe in Lansing, a similar Cohen-owned cafe that previously closed amidst some internal conflict.
Now, he says, it comes down to money, and without help, there won't be enough to cover the expenses related to the Cap City Cafe fallout and keep O-Town Cafe open. So, some fans of the beloved eatery are working to help do just that.
"Someone is working on keeping us open, and we won't look a gift horse in the mouth," Cohen said. "A friend is printing shirts to raise money." Details on how to purchase shirts with the design below, will be posted soon on the O-Town Cafe Facebook page.
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"The devil's been hard at work trying to take us down," Cohen said in a Facebook Live video last week. "We're going to continue to fight through this. It's not easy but we have an awesome God who's driving." Cohen asked patrons to pray.
In a comment on a follow up video that announced the cafe's closure, one viewer suggested that if everyone who watched the video donated $10 -- at that point, 332 people -- what an incredible difference it might make. This is a call to all who read this story. Drop in to O-Town and lay down $10 in support of this space that has been much more to the community than just a place to grab a bite to eat.
Further, the websites Owosso Now and Uplift Shiawassee henceforth offer any local business or organization not already advertising on either site, the chance to advertise for free when donating the commensurate amount as a gift to O-Town Cafe. The offer expires June 8th 2019.
A cube-size ad displays for one full month at $40 per site. For an entire year, it's $400 per site. Ad campaign must begin before June 30th.
Tuesday June 4th was the restaurant's first day closed, but Cohen said that they plan to reopen for a "last hoorah" over Curwood weekend. O-Town Cafe will be open this Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 3pm.
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