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By EMILY LOOSE
For the Herald 

Woodbury Cafe Switching to Food Truck

 

September 2, 2021

After eight years, a local favorite is closing, but the owners are moving on to other ventures.

The Woodbury Cafe closed its doors Saturday, Aug. 28 on 134 Main St.

Kristi and Daniel Oberman first started the cafe in 2013 as a fun thing to do. Kristi has a teaching degree, but said finding a job had proven difficult.

“We wanted to just be a little coffee shop, but it kept growing into the full scale restaurant it is today,” she said.

The cafe is known for many of its meals and baked goods, making it a staple in the community. However, Kristi said they wanted to move on.

“We have two small children,” Kristi said. “The hours we were putting in here were keeping us from not only their sports and events, but also from spending quality time with them.”

Aside from cooking at the cafe on weekends, Daniel also works at a roofing company, taking up even more of his time.

The Obermans decided that after closing the cafe, they would get a food truck, which will give them more time with their children.

The name of the food truck will remain The Woodbury Cafe, according to Kristi.

“We are keeping our Facebook page so people can still follow us there to see what goodies we have for sale and where we will be setting up,” she said.

Some of the options on the food truck will include cafe favorites such as quesadillas, Reuben sandwiches and cheesesteaks.

Kristi’s baked goods will also be available. She said she wants to get a professional kitchen at home so she is able to make treats for the truck and to sell from home.

She said that though she understands their customers are saddened by the news, she hopes they understand the reasoning behind the change.

“I kind of feel like we are letting people down, but we felt we needed to do what was best for our family at this time,” she said.

The cafe’s spot, which is out of an old church, will be taken over by Brad and Marlene Reed. The spot will become Grace Communion Woodbury.

“Dan and Kristi Oberman have been so fabulous to work with,” Marlene said. “They have graciously walked us through the building’s equipment and maintenance needs.”

She said that it was a work in progress, but the area would be a place of worship and community.

“We look forward to when these setting-up details are behind us,” she said. “We’ve cherished the beautiful community members who have given us so much encouragement and support.”

Kristi said that they were excited for the road ahead of them and hoped to see their regulars still visit.

“Having the trailer will give us the opportunity to still serve our community, but on a much more flexible schedule for us.”

She also appreciated the support their customers have given them, including the time through the COVID-19 pandemic when they were shut down.

“We want to tell our customers thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We never imagined how successful this venture would become,” she said. “We are so humbled by the love and support.”

To keep up to date with the Obermans as they transition from the cafe to the food truck, follow “The Woodbury Cafe” on Facebook.

 

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