The Story About How A Somerville Business
Turned A Vision Into A Reality
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By- Tom Kubrak
“Before we even moved into the building we always had a vision of what this community was going to look like.”
Michele, who is the co-owner of BluePrint, explained when asked about what the process of starting BluePrint looked like.
The vision was in their mind for a long time and now it was time to make it happen.
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Starting this restaurant was not going to be easy. They didn’t even have a place yet for starters, but it was time and the owner was ready. Ready to find the place and make his vision a reality.
The moment came. The place was found but they still had to close this deal to make the food they wanted to put out there.
“We had a meeting with them. I gave a deposit to them on Tuesday. The only thing was that he had a business trip to China for three weeks.” The owner Robert Petix explained.
It's the ‘land of uncertainty.’ You don’t really know if it’s going to happen. You have to rely on your faith in what you want to happen, but the waiting game can be draining.
It was not a question of ‘if’ this new restaurant was going to open but where? Was it going to happen at the location they found in Somerville?
“He assured me that he wanted us to be in this location. I gave him a deposit for it.”
‘Turn the lights off boys! We have a long day tomorrow and we need to be at our best. We have two big parties coming in and we have a lot of prepping to do so shut the lights off and get to sleep.’
So the lights went off in the basement of Martino’s on one of those nights in the early nineties, as the Linares family were starting up their restaurant in Somerville New Jersey. Spending many nights in the basement during the long restaurant weekends in those early days of Martino’s.
Martino, the founder of Martino’s, battled his way to America from Colombia, with his wife and kids. First, with a brief stint in Miami, and then moving to New Jersey to start establishing himself in this foreign land, Martino began to dabble in the American restaurant business. He worked part time as a cook and at one point managing a failing pizza joint in a rough area of Jersey City.
Martino who ran a successful nightclub restaurant in Colombia, had all the skills to run his own business when he came to America but decided to try and work for someone else at first.
His son Ronaldo recalls, “My father owned the best night club restaurant in Colombia it was actually located on Route North and it was in front of a cemetary.”
SOMERVILLE, N.J., July 7, 2017—This summer, grab your favorite treats and head out to Downtown Somerville to make family memories — or enjoy a romantic date night — watching movies under the stars.
The popular Somerville Starlit Cinema Series turns Division Street in the heart of town into an outdoor theater featuring classics, comedies, and even an Academy Award winner every Thursday night from July 13 to August 17. Shows are appropriate for all ages and start at 8:30 p.m.
The 2017 schedule:
July 13: “The Sand Lot”
July 20: “Clue”
July 27: “La La Land”
August 3: “How to Train Your Dragon”