After 35 years in the business, La Conguita will permanently close its doors on Sunday, June 28. The restaurant posted its goodbye note on its website this week stating the following:
“From its humble beginnings, La Conguita grew a bit and changed décor and menus with the times but we have tried to never forget our original philosophy of serving quality food at affordable prices no matter what the current economic climate.
The restaurant business is tough and sometimes you succeed and fail on a daily basis but we hope that our customers know that we always tried our best for you. Without our employees and the public we would have never existed, grown and been able to give back to this community that we love so much.
We wish you all the best and pray for the continued success of downtown Jersey City and hope it never forgets its roots and all the small businesses that paved the way.”
La Conguita was one of the first restaurants I regularly dined at upon moving to Jersey City in the 80s. They served an excellent Cuban sandwich and till this day make one of the best cups of coffee in town. I found it interesting that they emphasized that last paragraph on their website. Perhaps it’s just me, but it reads like an ominous warning. Here’s hoping we hear from the owners soon and that JC indeed never forgets its roots. As for the new tenants, rumor has it it will be a new White Star bar outpost.