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Restaurant Owner Makes a 'Cozy' Return

Owner Aida Hajjar tried retiring from the restaurant business, but she couldn't stay away.

Aida's Cozy Kitchen is now open in Chatham Borough.
Aida's Cozy Kitchen is now open in Chatham Borough.

If you think there's something familiar about the new Aida's Cozy Kitchen diner on Main Street, you're not entirely wrong.

Aida Hajjar opened her new restaurant four years after she sold her original business, the Fairmount Country Store. "I got so bored," she said. "I just couldn't stay away." So she opened this new, "cozier" restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Farley's Place.

The diner features Lebanese entrees and desserts, which Hajjar learned to cook from her mother while growing up in Lebanon, and an American menu.

Hajjar opened the diner in late October, just in time for Hurricane Sandy. When most of the Chathams and neighboring communities were without power, the kitchen was packed with people looking for a hot meal.

Aida's opens at 6 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. weekends, and closes at 6 p.m. Mon. through Wed. and at  8 p.m. all other days.

Stacey Ewald February 06, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Great job Aida! So glad you're back! I missed all your wonderful soups!!!!
Naif Hajjar February 06, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Yay Mom! Been having your food since we were in diapers and still cant get enough... We love you! -Your kids
Nadia Ghazzawieh February 06, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Congratulations Aida! I wish you continued success and happiness. Love always Nadia
Mama February 06, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Aida. The cozy kitchen is the place to be for delicious food and comfort. You are the bomb
Michael Hajjar February 06, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Good work. - Your son Michael
raymond bednar February 12, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Wonderful food and great service.
Connie Morgan March 12, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Aida, The good news of your return to the cafe business has traveled all the way to Florida! How I wish I could have a piece of your baklava. Better yet, come open a branch in Clearwater! Connie Morgan


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