CJ’s American Pub and Grill is a restaurant in Shippensburg. They have been serving food and beverages for just over 10 years. Unfortunately, their time is coming to a close.
CJ’s is well loved within the community. They advertise “Great food, drinks, and atmosphere.” According to many reviews online, the customers agree. They have a wide variety of options for entrees including appetizers, sandwiches, steak, seafood and full course dinners.
Tara Lay, a freshman at Shippensburg University, also works as a waitress at CJ’s.
“I’ve worked at Cj’s for almost two years. I love being a server at Cj’s, mainly because of the staff, we have become a family and it’s devastating knowing I have to leave.” Lay said. The somber feelings surrounding the shutdown are also affecting the customers.
“I’ve had multiple customer interactions about us closing down, every time I’ve gone to work there has been at least one customer that asks why we are closing down. There was a customer who had tears in her eyes when I came back to their table because they are regulars and were very upset about us closing.”
CJ’s American Pub and Grill is a piece of Shippensburg’s history and community. While it might be popular, it is hard to compete with rising prices.
“We were told that Cj’s is shutting down because of rising food prices.” Lay said. “My boss said that they can’t keep up with the economy. However, they are opening two new concepts in Gettysburg.”
CJ’s will be officially closed on Dec. 31.