The owners of Sugar Cafe, Kelly and Mike James, sent notice Friday evening via email newsletter and the Sugar Cafe Facebook page that the business will close after this weekend.
Below is the text of the email newsletter sent by Sugar Cafe:
Sugar Cafe's last weekend....
I was continually told that I was crazy to open a small business in this economy. It never mattered though. I was so in love with this concept and this place, maybe since I was a little girl.
It would be a sunny, happy place where friends could meet for brunch. It would be very kid friendly so that Moms could enjoy a coffee and a pastry with each other. It would have really great music. Everything would taste so good. A person could order a fine cake for anything from a first birthday to a grand wedding!
We would have fun every single day. We would no longer be confined to the back of a kitchen. We would be there with the people. We could make pastries on a balcony and be able to look down and see every "yum" face. We could hear the music play.
Sometimes dreams are harder to keep alive than you might expect. Sometimes, no matter how hard you work or how much passion you have...the dream dies.
This will be our last weekend at Sugar Cafe. Truth be told, it was always a labour of love. We gave everything that we have and today we had to make the decision to move on.
There is no regret in our hearts. We were embraced by Dormont and held there in their hearts. We did have fun every single day. We became a family. Our family grew far and wide and came to see us all of the time. We loved taking care of them and making them smile. We saw our moms have new babies, our Sugar babies. We watched our family grow.
We got here early and we stayed here late, driven by the Sugar blend coffee. We celebrated all of our talents. We were right where we belonged. Our staff became our family and we love each of them dearly, always will. We had fantastic regulars that were daily fixtures and weekend regulars that made us smile when they walked in the door.
Know that this decision was made with the heaviest of hearts. Know that every single one of you touched our lives. Thank you for every time you walked through our door. We hope that we were able to touch your lives in a small way too.
We are going to open this weekend and "ride it til the wheels fall off". If you are out in the neighborhood, stop by for a spell, we would love to see you once more.
Much Love, Kelly and Mike James
Dormont-Brookline Patch is working to get details on this situation, and will publish information as it becomes available.