Mojo had its fair share of tribulations in the beginning...
Check out our story:
Mojo was created in the summer of 2013 by Canadian Erin Park, originally from Toronto, Canada... Erin moved to Placencia in 2008 to start another restaurant in the village with her then hubby which became a number one rated establishment... The couple ran that location for 3 years when they decided to move back to Toronto to save some money to purchase property in Placencia... Within a few months back in the harsh reality of the bustling Western World, they unfortunately ended their relationship and Erin jumped on the first plane back to where her heart was... Placencia, Belize... While healing from the break she worked at Barefoot Bar for two seasons and was looked after by her friends and extended Placencia family... She went home to Toronto in the summer months to work as to not take shifts from the local staff until this past summer she got the call that this property had come available for lease!
She knew the small place had potential but had just returned to the North and didn't have the funds to make it work... Her friends in Placencia basically said, "Give us two days." and between friends and regulars, they came up with the funds to take over the spot and finally have a place of her own again! Everyone helped her get started and through connections, she found an excellent chef who has worked all over the country, a superb sous chef and the most wonderful, fun front of house staff managed by Alisha Westby, the light eyed, Belizean/American Beauty!
They started off with a bang in the wort of the low season in early July... They had a lot of local support though and within a short period became known for the fresh local fare and fun infusion cocktails! But after only 8 weeks open, Mojo had a fire... It was faulty electrical and luckily there wasn't too much burn damage but soot covered every inch of the little lounge that Erin had worked so, so hard to create! Not to mention the smoke smell... She was devastated to say the least! But again this little village came through for someone in need and there were teams of volunteers at Mojo every day cleaning, repainting, starting from scratch! The local hardware store and real estate agent donated equipment that was damaged for the kitchen... The loyal staff was there every day working hard to get back open and worked without pay for weeks after as Mojo tried to catch up after a nine day closure in the slowest of times... But this just made Mojo's crew stronger and closer family!
Since then, we have become the Number one restaurant in the village on Trip Advisor and we are all so proud! We only purchase locally in Placencia Village to support our local economy... We purchase fresh daily from the local fruit and veggie stands, vendors and fishermen... This can be hard work every day but the freshness comes through in every bite! They say it takes a village, and it really has with Mojo the lil' lounge that could! We thank everyone for their help and support.
Special thanks to:
Laru Beya, Belize Ocean Club, Chabil Mar, Barefoot Bar, Tipsy Tuna and many, many individuals...
The Mojo Crew