Customers rally for Colonial Coffee Shoppe in Howell after fire
HOWELL - A community is rallying together for a Monmouth County landmark destroyed by fire.
Owners of Colonial Coffee Shoppe in Howell say they're blown away by the outpouring of support, in person and online.
Theresa Laroma is one of the longtime regulars at the family-owned Colonial Coffee Shoppe. "I'm praying they come back because I'm lost without them," she says.
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Laroma stopped by to sign a wall full of well wishes on the plywood covering windows broken during the fire. Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was among those who came by in support of the 50-year-old store.
The co-owner's daughter, Danielle Savvis says many of their regular customers offered to help clean up just hours after the fire.
As a thank you, the Delisio and Savvis families who own the shop will continue to sell New Jersey Transit and Academy bus tickets for their customers, even if it's from a table outside the charred restaurant.
"We want to be there for them. It's important," says co-owner Ellen Delisio. "They get their ticket and they're off to work. We're part of their day and we want to be there for them."
Owners are going to try and salvage what they can, and they are vowing to rebuild.
They're also taking orders for T-shirts to help fund the reopening.
The owners hope they can serve up their popular apple pie, stuffed French toast and coffee by the fall.