The Oberlin Review

Patrons order coffee at Slow Train Cafe, which is currently open for socially-distanced walk-through service.

Local Businesses Anticipate Student Patronage After Challenging Summer

September 4, 2020

After downtown businesses suffered a slow summer of canceled events, College programming, and a state-wide stay-at-home order, the arrival of students this past week brings financial hope to some. However, College students’ return also prompts concerns about COVID-19 spread.  “It’s a twofold thing,” said Ben Franklin & MindFair Books owner Krista Long. “Clearly our downtown district relies on the College, and the students in particular for sales, so we’re enthusiastic about th...

College senior Gabe Schneier and Conservatory junior Emmett Sher eat a meal at Catrina’s, Oberlin’s newest restaurant.

New Restaurant Aims To Provide Authentic Cuisine

March 1, 2019

After months of anticipation, Catrina’s Tacos y Margaritas has opened its doors and is now providing the community with culinary creations in a captivating dining environment. The restaurant, which opened Feb. 20, is located on West College Street between Hanson Records and Bead Paradise. Catrina’s owner Nicolás Vázquez has made authenticity a priority. After learning traditional Mexican techniques from working at his parents’ restaurant in Sacramento, CA, Vázquez decided to open his...

tudents enjoying a meal in Agave Tequilaria, where an incident of alleged racial profiling occurred last Friday.

Agave Staff, Patrons Allege Racial Bias in OPD Incident

September 14, 2018

Sergeant Steven Chapman of the Oberlin Police Department entered Agave last Friday night and engaged in what sources say was discriminatory behavior toward Black customers. An anonymous male called the Oberlin Police Department on Friday to report a group of people in the alley between Agave and Lorenzo’s the night of the incident, claiming he suspected the group of dealing drugs. Chapman advised OPD to dispatch two police units, both of which arrived at the scene before 11 p.m with a K-9 unit. ...



February 17, 2017

Former Agave Burrito Bar and Tequilaria owner Joe Waltzer, OC '98, (left) stands outside of the burrito bar with new owners Nikki and Jon Stipp and their son Augie. The couple will reopen the restaurant the week of Feb. 20.

Agave to Reopen Under New Ownership

February 10, 2017

The doors of Agave Burrito Bar & Tequilaria will swing open later this month when the downtown staple returns under new management. On Jan. 25, Nikki and Jon Stipp purchased Agave from previous owner Joe Waltzer, OC ’98, who has owned the restaurant since 2003. Waltzer said he was ready to move on after 19 years as the owner of both Agave and Black River Cafe. “I’ve been here doing this for 19 years, and didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life,” Waltzer said. “I meant...

ObieChunks Offers Late-Night Cookie Option

William Passannante, Staff Writer

October 12, 2012

College sophomores Michael Plotz and Alex Hilden want you to get your chunk on. The two are the driving force behind ObieChunks, a new late-night cookie delivery service. The concept behind ObieChunks is simple, but effective. Customers place orders by messaging the group’s Facebook or e-mail accounts. Between midnight and 2 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a delivery person brings them fresh-baked, homemade cookies. “We thought it would last a month,” said Hilden. “[I was] all right with making $10 a week. I thought that was as big as it was going to get.” Hilden couldn’t have been more wrong. On recent nights ObieChunks has sold between 150 and 200 cookies. Even with three to four paid delivery people,...

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