Hola, Jose, Happy 4 0th Year

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / NOVEMBER 6, 2013 / PAGE 3 -

The ex­tended Martinez fam­ily looks back on 40 years of busi­ness in Kaimuki this month, mark­ing it with spe­cial drink deals, a cher­ished salsa recipe and a new chicken dish.

Jose’s Mex­i­can Cafe and Cantina opened Nov. 3, 1973, with the chil­dren of Ina Martinez in charge — and Mama in the kitchen cook­ing up her own recipes. Since then, the en­tire fam­ily has worked at the restau­rant at one time or another.

Now sons Fred and Dick and their nephew Brian Martinez run day-to-day op­er­a­tions, and Brian has per­fected a home­made Chicken Mole dish. His mole sauce will en­hance both a en­chi­lada or bur­rito spe­cial dur­ing the an­niver­sary month.

A com­pli­men­tary Cuervo Gold Up­grade comes with the dis­counted Strawberry Margarita Grande for Novem­ber guests, who also can sam­ple the ex­tra heat in Grandpa’s “ex­tra muy caliente” salsa.

The staff boasts that it has been serv­ing three gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies — from first-date cou­ples, to their chil­dren and, in some cases, their grand­chil­dren. All ages are wel­come to come down to 1134 Koko Head Ave. and join the birth­day party. Call 732-1833.

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