WOODSTOCK, NY – A father and daughter have opened a new restaurant on the former site of Joshua’s Café and Restaurant, a Tinker Street mainstay for 49 years.
Oj’s Café and Restaurant now occupies the 2,200 square foot space at 51 Tinker St. It is owned by Oscar Mazariego of Kingston and his daughter, Jennifer Martinez, a Kingston native who now lives in Los Angeles.
The name of the café is taken from an initial combination of their first names.
“We wanted to incorporate both of our names into the restaurant and something easy to say, walking past and saying ‘Hey! Let’s go to Oj’s! Oscar and Jenn! Martinez wrote in an email.
Oj’s officially opened the rented space on Friday July 1st.
“We are honored to be here. We have huge shoes to fill, especially knowing there was a legacy — we hope to live up to their name, Martinez said.
The owners made an investment of $20,000 to $25,000 in personal financing, said Martinez, who works remotely but travels from Los Angeles once a month to the restaurant. There is seating for 65 to 75 people.
“We identify traditional America as the staple menu,” Martinez said. “We incorporated some Hispanic cuisines, Chilaquiles. In addition, every weekend we will change the dinner menu.
“We want to see what the public thinks of our food and we want to keep everyone on their toes,” she added.
Oj’s also offers gluten-free and vegetarian options.
“We’re always open to feedback,” she said. “We want to make sure we can serve everyone.”
Martinez said Woodstock is a familiar place for his family.
“Woodstock has always been a home for us,” Martinez said. “We have always worked at Woodstock and find Woodstock has an unparalleled charm. We wanted to be part of it.
Martinez said she has always been to restaurants.
“I’ve always been surrounded by the restaurant business, and we tried it once at Esopus, but realized the location wasn’t ideal,” Martinez said. “I live in Los Angeles, but this opportunity came up and we couldn’t say no. It has been my father’s dream and being able to do it with him has fulfilled me in a way that I cannot describe, only grateful and excited for this new opportunity.
“My dad is a man of few words, but he expresses himself in his kitchen, and hearing the comments and the smile on his face is worth it,” she added. “We can’t wait to see what this company will bring.”