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JoJo's Crepe Cafe open at last!

By Bradford Times Staff

 It's been a long process, of renovations, unexpected setbacks and delays – but back in September, Marylu Martyniuk and her family invited the community to celebrate the Grand Opening of JoJo's Crêpe Café, at 23 Holland St. West.

It was well worth the wait. The Bradford storefront has been totally transformed into a charming Espresso Bar and Crêpe Café, where garage-style doors provide a connection to the street in warm weather, a fireplace offers a cosy place to relax with a Latte or Capuccino, an enlargement of an old tintype photograph of old Holland St. West – taken circa 1920 from a vantage point not far from JoJo's – covers one wall, and Marylu and her team create fresh crêpes to order, as customers watch.

Marylu started her career in the film industry, and was introduced to “craft service” – providing food to the actors and crew on the set - almost by accident. She discovered she loved the business, even though at first “I didn't know how to cut an onion!” she says.

She learned by watching the pros, taking a catering course at George Brown College, and applying her own love of food to build a 10-year career in the business, gaining a reputation for quality.

But it wasn't until the family moved to Bradford, that Marylu decided to realize her dream, of opening her own restaurant. She looked around for something unique, something that would add a little “pizazz” to the community.

“I didn't want to do something like everybody else – I had to think of something more unique,” she says. She thought of crêpes.

Marylu had always planned to include crêpes on her dessert menu; now she learned to make not only sweet but savoury crêpes, perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, and JoJo's Crêpe Café was born.

JoJo's - named for her sons Joseph and Jonathan, and since last year, infant daughter Jolene - is truly a family business. Family members helped with the renovations and design, and worked behind the counter, making and serving Western and Florentine breakfast crepes, Tunalicious, Pizza, and Ham & Cheese luncheon crepes, and desserts stuffed with bananas, strawberries, Dulce de Leche, Nutella and whipped cream, at the Grand Opening on September 9.

“It's a great job that she's done, fixing up the outside,” said Mayor Rob Keffer, bringing congratulations from the Town, and thanking the JoJo's for setting up a popular booth at Carrotfest, even before the restaurant opened its doors.

He was accompanied by members of Council, all of whom stayed to sample the food. Councillor Gary Baynes displayed his empty plate. “It's that delicious,” he said.

JoJo's Crêpe Café, 23 Holland St. West, is on Facebook.com, or call 905-551-JOJO (5656) for more information, or 416-268-7353 for Catering. The restaurant is planning to open Sundays starting in November .