Cape Cod Café
This casual concept is one of the few remaining original purveyors of old-school bar pies in eastern Massachusetts.
With a son on the way and a desire to open his own business, World War II veteran E. James Jamoulis bought the Cape Cod Café in Brockton, Massachusetts, in 1947. The bar, like others in the area, served “bar pies,” 10” pizzas cooked in a pan. Today, according to third-generation owner Jeremy Jamoulis, who took over the business with brother Jonathan, Cape Cod is one of only two bar pie sellers left from the pies’ heyday in the ’50s.
More than 65 years after opening, the business is still known for its original offering: pizza. “We take pride in the fact that the recipe is the same as it was in the early days,” Jeremy says. Second-generation owners James and Lynn Jamoulis were responsible for turning the bar into a full-fledged family restaurant; over the years, menu additions have included salads and sandwiches in the ’70s, homemade soups and chowders in the ’80s and calzones in the ’90s. “But our main focus has always been our famous pizza,” Jeremy notes.
Cape Cod Café owners have always relied on word-of-mouth to spread awareness of the business, but they also take an active part in the community, with frequent donations to local churches, schools and charities (they even give out two scholarships every year). Meanwhile, specials that counteract the economy, such as the “Family Stimulus Package” (three cheese pizzas, a large Greek salad and a two-liter soda for $19.99) have experienced smashing success during competitive times. These principles have allowed the business to expand into two additional locations, in nearby Raynham and Bridgewater. “I think the biggest success—and challenge—is being able to stay in business for so many years,” reflects Jeremy. “There will always be good and bad economic times, but as long as you serve a great product at a good price, people will keep coming back.” —Tracy Morin