I have anxiously followed the plight of the Ajax Café in Port Hadlock – from its surprise closing due to zoning issues in late 2016, through heroic efforts to find a solution, to what now, …
I have anxiously followed the plight of the Ajax Café in Port Hadlock – from its surprise closing due to zoning issues in late 2016, through heroic efforts to find a solution, to what now, finally, is a path to a fall reopening.
The nonprofit Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building stepped in with a solution.
It’s now just a question of raising the rest of the money; they’re almost half-way. I won’t go into details on the plan. Instead, I’ll explain why this effort is so important. History. The Ajax has been a part of area life since 1977. Its historic building dates from the 1870s.
Live music. The Ajax always showcased live music – part of its original mission. As a working musician, I shudder as we keep losing live music venues, a trend blighting the whole country.
On my few nights off, what do I do? Go to a restaurant with live music. Losing the Ajax was a bitter blow, both as performer and customer.
A special place. Strategically mismatched tableware, wacky hats, idiosyncratic décor, witty banter, and great food all made the Ajax a memorable destination. Regular customers loved the offbeat, friendly, hectic atmosphere, and formed cordial friendships with the team.
New horizons. For years, the Ajax was not permitted to open for lunch or breakfast, and had no practical way to upgrade facilities. Few restaurants could face this challenge, yet the team
delivered a great experience. At last, the Ajax can now make improvements.
I can’t wait for the Ajax to reopen. Many others feel the same way. I hope that, like me, you’ll contribute to the boat school’s “Save the Ajax” fund. We need our Ajax Café back.