Maui Business

Stella Blues Cafe Closes After 23 Years

April 28, 2014, 7:11 AM HST
* Updated April 28, 11:09 AM
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By Vanessa Wolf

Courtesy photo

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Late last night, Stella Blues Cafe posted the following to their Facebook page, “I’m very saddened to say that after 23 years Stella Blues Cafe is closing its doors.”

According to their website, co-owners Ray Enis and his wife Janie opened the Grateful Dead-themed restaurant in 1991 to “fill the gap between the lower and high-end dinning.”

As for the reason for the closure, on the social media site, the restaurant went on to explain that, “We have put our landlords in a tough situation and we can’t come to terms on a lease moving forward. For the record they have been there for us and worked with us numerous times over the years.

“I can’t thank all of the people that have worked with and for us over the years and all the customers that have been loyal since I was a child.

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“I have a very heavy heart, but it’s also a freeing feeling that I have not felt in my adult life. Not sure what to say, but I have love for all my family and friends.”

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Located at 1279 South Kihei Road in the Azeka Shopping Center, it’s presumed the Stella Blues Cafe closure is effective immediately.

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