In the year 2000 Jose Manuel Arreola moved to Akron alongside his wife Olivia and children, Andres, Betty, & Marlenne to open up what used to be the old Coffee Cup Café. After shutting down and having no local eatery in town besides the local pizza joint and the gas station, Akron was in much need of a café/restaurant and catering where all the locals could come enjoy a hot cup of coffee and catch up on the latest news around town. With a capacity of only about 45 seats, the opportunity arose to move down the street to a newer, nicer, and much bigger location. In 2003 Akron Jo's moved to 150 Reed Street and expanded their kitchen but most importantly, their seating capacity to about 60 seats. A little after establishing themselves in the new building they took advantage of a drive-thru that was already there but not being used and added on a "party room" equipped with a bar; doubling their seating capacity to about 120.
Jose alongside his daughter Betty and son Andres still run the café. Jose got his start in the kitchen since he was a young boy in his hometown of Tenamaxtlan, Jalisco, Mexico. Although his mother never really liked him being in the kitchen, he always tried to help. At the age of 16 he immigrated to Los Angeles where he started as a busboy at different restaurants. After a couple of years and many different jobs, he was hired at Factor's Famous Deli in Beverly Hills. He started as a prep cook/dishwasher/busboy and quickly proved his cooking skills and ability to learn and was promoted to head cook. He worked there for about 25 years, which is where he learned all of his recipes and cooking techniques that have contributed to his own restaurant now.
"the food is always good, they always make it right, the food 99% of the time is just excellent and its flavorful."
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