The Bushwick Location of Cafe Moca, a Beloved Vegan and Vegetarian Spot, Has Reopened Its Doors –

December 20, 2021 by No Comments

In August of this year, Cafe Moca, a vegetarian and vegan neighborhood staple, closed the doors of its Bushwick location at 108 Central Ave., giving a scare to many of its dedicated local customers. But, the good news is, the closure was only temporary, as it reopened this past Saturday, Dec. 18, with a festive atmosphere full of holiday decor and music.

Some may recognize the name Cafe Moca from its Ridgewood location, situated at 487 Seneca Ave. The Ridgewood location, which is the original, opened in 2019 and remained open throughout the COVID-19 shutdown, selling food and beverages through a window to comply with regulations. The Bushwick location originally opened a year ago, in December 2020.

The storefront of the Cafe Moca Ridgewood location. Image from Cafe Moca’s Instagram account. 

Cafe Moca is a family-owned-and-operated business. Josefina Hernández is the face of public relations, her daughter Jennypher Ureña is the CEO, and her stepson Colby Rodriguez is the general manager. 

“When we started thinking about opening the restaurant, it was a long time ago with my daughter, Jennypher. Since she was 10 years old, she was very interested in doing this type of work,” said Hernández. “She started studying everything related to restaurants, how to grow businesses. She’s always been into that field.”

According to Hernández, a Bushwick resident who immigrated from the Dominican Republic 27 years ago, expanding to Bushwick was only natural.

“Bushwick is a very important neighborhood for me,” said Hernández, who lives half-a-block away from Cafe Moca on Central Avenue. “We are Bushwick residents and we care about Bushwick. We are here to provide a service [and] also provide an environment where people feel comfortable.”

“We’re glad to be back, to get the support of the Bushwick community,” added Rodriguez, who explained that the name Cafe Moca was inspired by the town in the Dominican Republic that Hernández grew up in. “During the pandemic, I found that the community was very supportive and we really appreciate that.” 

The counter of Bushwick’s Cafe Moca. The painting is of the church Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús located in Moca, Dominican Republic. 

The recently added seating space in Bushwick’s Cafe Moca. 

Cafe Moca will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the possibility of opening at 8 a.m. in the near future. The cafe will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. Throughout the new year, the Bushwick location plans to be open Thursday through Monday each week.

For now, …….



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