Name of Business: Oasis Grill & Deli
Type of Business: Restaurant
Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Location 4332 Main Street in Denair
Contact Information: 656-9947
Business Specialty: Diverse menu
History of Business:
For years the 4332 Main Street location, where the Oasis Grill & Deli currently stands, was a revolving door of restaurants. Even before the recession hit, restaurants struggled to have success at the small town location — that is until Oasis Grill & Deli opened its doors.
For the past 12 years the Oasis Grill & Deli, often referred to simply as Oasis, has been a mainstay for locals in Denair. Sonia Odicho-Asmar, who has been involved since the restaurant's inception, now owns the location with her husband Antoine Asmar which contributes to the family friendly atmosphere. The couple's motto?
"We try not to say 'no'," said Odicho-Asmar. "We want to make sure the customer is satisfied."
Customers can order virtually anything at Oasis, where they can sit down to enjoy their meal or take it to go. A walk-up and order window lends the restaurant a casual atmosphere, though the couple also performs catering services as well.
While the restaurant's menu is already diverse — items range from Mediterranean plates to hamburgers and fries — the owners' accommodating nature have contributed to their success. While Odicho-Asmar concedes that it took a few years for business to pick up, once Oasis was able to differentiate itself from the previously unsuccessful restaurants word of mouth helped bring in clientele. The homemade soups and savory sandwiches and salads also helped. Regardless of the customer's order, Odicho-Asmar said she is happy to accommodate her patrons.
"When we first opened people thought we were just hamburgers, but if you have seven people sit down to eat here, no one is eating the same thing," she said. "We're all about variety."