The story can be summed up with a single statement… A dream of one woman, delivered through the efforts of her entire family, together, creating a special dining experience that captures the personality of a lost and beloved son.
The dream started with Friendswood resident Kim Oravetz and her very popular recipes combined with the inspiration received after losing one of her children, her first born and beloved Justin on December 5, 2007. Justin was an imposing figure standing 6’4” tall and was a “man’s man” but after a few minutes in the presence of Justin, you quickly realized he had the heart and personality of an angel (a really big teddy bear). Justin never met a stranger, loved being around people and had a passion for serving others. After losing Justin, the Oravetz family planted a special tree in his honor…a Red Oak tree. To our family, the Red Oak represents a strong and powerful tree that provides a special place to reflect on Justin’s life. This tree, his tree, has become the focal point of the Oravetz backyard and is now the foundation of Red Oak Café. At the center of the Red Oak Café logo and the focal point inside the restaurant, the Red Oak serves as our daily reminder of Justin and what he stood for. Red Oak Café is a unique meeting place where everyone is welcomed and no one is a stranger…just the way Justin would have wanted it.
Inspired by Justin and brought to fruition by Kim Oravetz, and Justin’s brother, Ian Oravetz, we welcome you to Red Oak Café. We hope you come back often and enjoy our “taste of Texas.”