BUCKHANNON – Oscar Rivera is the kind of person you can’t help but like. His heart is big, his menu is small.
With a focus on quality coupled with fresh local ingredients he is looking to carve a niche into the Buckhannon restaurant world. He recently opened for business inside the Buckhannon County Club.
“Everyone is bragging about our food already,” Oscar said, “and I think it is great! I feel like I am bringing something to the area that has not been here before. We offer a casual restaurant experience where you will be treated like family, all while using the best ingredients possible.”
He describes his menu items as “American food with a touch of home-style.” “My restaurant vision is to start out small but make it all homemade,” Oscar states. There will be no jarred alfredo sauce in this restaurant. He is already partnering with local vendors and small farms to acquire local ingredients. “These ingredients are not only fresher,” Oscar says, “But they sustain our local economy.”
He is proud of the fact he has left the fried food almost entirely off his menu.
“I am focusing on healthy, not fried food,” he said. He was manager of Outback Steakhouse in Clarksburg for five years and Ryan’s Steakhouse in Bridgeport where he became very experienced in chain restaurant style. The downside of working with a large food corporation he says is, “Having no creativity with the food.” “There is one taste that’s supposed to fit everyone, and that just doesn’t work.” He also has experience in a golf club setting from working at the Pete Dye golf course. So, it has all come together to create Oscar on the Green.
Oscar moved to the area 28 years ago from California because of his wife. His wife had parents here and she wanted to come back home to help them out. He loves the people of Buckhannon, and says “This place feels like home to me.” “There is so much knowledge of good homemade food here, I really want to tap into that.” Oscar claims that his ultimate goal is to have Oscar on the Green become a community place. “Maybe I am a dreamer, he says, “but I just want to make a difference in people’s lives and in my employees’ lives.”
He then touched upon the fabulous service he will be providing at his restaurant. “My employees are kind, hard working, beautiful people,” he states. “I couldn’t ask for a better staff!” His goal is to make every customer feel happy and appreciated and to make his staff feel the same way. He knows a happy customer is one that will return and become part of his family, and is always interested in “listening to the customers.”
In summing up his restaurant mission Oscar proudly states, “The focus is small so we can make it right!” The hours of the restaurant operation are: Tues. through Thur., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on Mondays.