Story by Lon Tytell
The Inkwell, an office supply store located at 46 Main St. and the Dautaj Restaurant, located at 36 Oakland Ave., both in Warwick, have recently undergone some changes. The Inkwell will be closing in February. The co-owners, Mohamed and Saima Ajamal, are trying to liquidate the inventory by offering up to 50 percent off, with the exception of cartridges. They will continue to live in Warwick until the end of the school year. After the Warwick store closes, Mohamed Ajamal will commute to his stationary store in Greenwich Village.
“I am sad to leave, but I have to leave. We had a nice experience living in Warwick. We met very nice people,” Ajamal said. His wife, Saima added, “I enjoyed the day to day interaction with the same customers. When you live in a community, you know the people by name and eventually develop a relationship that is more than a business person and a customer.”
The Ajamals purchased the Inkwell in 2008 from previous owner Carol Bartnowki.
The Dautaj Restaurant closed on Sun., Jan. 29 and will reopen in March as the Warwick Inn according to co-owner Arben “Alberto” Dautaj.
“I am changing the name back to The Warwick Inn to bring the pride of Warwick back to the Warwick Inn,” said Dautaj.
There will be different management and chefs. The Warwick Inn will focus on American Italian food offering fish, steaks, chops and weekly specials. A piano bar will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Eventually the new Warwick Inn will offer Sunday Brunch.
“I am looking forward to working with local groups and charities,” Dautaj added.
The building was constructed in 1855 as an elegant mansion with a 10-1/2 foot ceilings. It later changed to a restaurant and then was converted to an inn in the 1900s. In the 1960s the Wilson family took control and opened The Warwick Inn.
In April 2006, Dautaj, who also owned and managed Momento in West Milford, NJ, and Arta Restaurant in Ringwood, NJ, leased the building and opened the Dautaj at the Warwick Inn. Dautaj sub-leased the restaurant to Bekim Karacica and Agim Jashamica who renamed it the Dautaj Restaurant. Bartender Ray Townley arranged the appearance of performers and bands.
In January 2012, Dautaj and his wife purchased the building from John and Jacquelyn Wilson. All types of restaurant help, seasonal and full time, including Culinary Institute students and graduates interested in working at the Warwick Inn can send an email to Dautaj at firstname.lastname@example.org.