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Marty O's Opens Doors to Laid Back Eatery

The pizzeria with a sports theme offers casual dining on Main Street and a learning experience for owner Marty Ochoa and his staff.

Inside Marty O's Pizzeria on a recent afternoon, owner Marty Ochoa was making the rounds talking to customers and wiping tables. Waitresses in black-and-white striped, referee-style uniforms served topping-laden pizza to the lunch crowd — a mixture of families, locals and business workers taking a break.

The new eatery on Main Street has the casual vibe and eclectic menu of a diner, and the beer selection and decor of a sports bar, but with only one small TV screen. As his first restaurant venture, Ochoa says he is still learning the business every day, along with his staff of 18, the majority of whom had no prior restaurant experience.

"I jumped in with two feet," said Ochoa, who made the move from catering and vending to the new brick-and-mortar business.

Ochoa designed the menu to include pizza, burgers, pasta and even smoothies, and says that customers have noted their appreciation for the variety. But Marty O's is still a work in progress, and the customers seem to be aware, as well as forgiving. "People let things slide," said Ochoa.

With his name above the door, Ochoa plans on spending plenty of time around the restaurant daily to support the staff and get to know the diners — as well as deal with some of the problems that have arisen since the doors opened at Marty O's.

At the soft launch on June 5, the restaurant had a difficult time keeping up with the crowd of customers. Diners faced a long wait, and some simply left. Space is an issue, says Ochoa. The kitchen is small, with barely enough room to store the 18 types of pizza toppings in the walk-in refrigerators. The restaurant also only has one bathroom. 

But the community is supportive of the local business, Ochoa says, even though reviews have been mixed. The restaurant's Facebook page is filled with encouraging messages and appreciation for the pizza, empenadas and deep-fried dill pickle spears. Marty O's will celebrate its grand opening Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. 

Have you tried Marty O's Pizzeria? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.

T. Gunter June 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM
"The sports bar vibe" goes well with the, "Hey! This place has changed very little since it was Taqueria." vibe."
chris crystal June 20, 2012 at 07:01 PM
The best pizza. My wife from the south area loves the dill pickles. The sauce and the crust is light and tasty. We give marty o's a big thumbs up. Cant wait to try more.
crystal chris June 20, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The best pizza. My wife from the south area loves the dill pickles. The sauce and the crust is light and tasty. We give marty o's a big thumbs up. Cant wait to try more.
Chris Kapsalis June 21, 2012 at 01:37 AM
We also liked Marty's pizza. The one we ordered is actually the way I like them made, with topping almost to the side, and a thin crust and fair amount of pizza sauce. But you cannot please everyone. We heard someone say too many mushrooms. We both laughed because we love mushrooms and sometimes order triple mushrooms because most places skimp on them it seems. It's a tough business though and if you ever get crowded too much, people may have to wait longer, there is really no way around that. Order in advance and you can have your pizza ready quicker though. But I can't tell you how much I admire Marty, a good friend and has always been a role model for me. I will say one thing about Marty, he will get it right, and if not, make it right. A very honest guy and old school sort of work ethic and business ethic I love.
Becky Kapsalis June 21, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Chris and I did indeed enjoy our lunch there very much, and I am looking forward to us being regulars. Well......at least as much as we can afford to. That shouldn't be too hard because I find that the prices are quite reasonable. We can be regulars, and enjoy a smoothie sitting in our favorite spot in the window seat, doing what we like to do best, people watch....yeah...I think we can swing that. :o) Heres to you team Marty O's! I hope you have a rockin grand opening, and much success in the future.

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