Long-time head of painters and his daughters open Tiesto’s in Patchogue
Blue Goose is days away from closing its doors for good, but a new Latin American restaurant is on the horizon.
Owner Brian Kearns is passing the torch to the Marin family, who will debut at Tiesto this fall.
“It’s the American dream,” said chef Luis Marin, who runs the restaurant with his two daughters, Ivonne Castro and Jessica Marin.
The three of them share decades of experience in the restaurant industry and have strong roots in the Greater Patchogue region.
Originally from Ecuador and now residing in Medford with his family, Luis moved to the United States 30 years ago and began his culinary journey which led him to Painters in Brookhaven over two decades ago.
Castro and Johanna both worked at the Gallo restaurant in Patchogue Village for over 10 years, while their father was the Chef of Painters from the very beginning, almost 22 years ago.
Before Gallo, Castro studied sociology, then worked in various other restaurants, climbing the ranks of busser, hostess, waiter.
“We used to work with my dad in the kitchen making the salads, so we both worked in the restaurant business,” she said. “I always said I would retire working in a restaurant, because that’s all I know.”
Now, after many years of hard work and determination, all Sailors can add “owner” to their resumes.
Castro and Johanna will take care of the front of the house, while Luis will take care of the kitchen.
Tiesto’s translates to ‘flowerpot’, but it also describes the ceramic plate in which their food will be cooked and served.
Luis will be preparing a variety of Ecuadorian, Mexican, Spanish and American influenced dishes, he says. This will include paella, shrimp ceviche, thin pizzas, burgers, chimicangas, quesadillas and more, including gluten-free and other options for people with dietary restrictions.
Freshly prepared, handcrafted cocktails will also be on the drink menu.
Tiesto’s will be open seven days, depending on the family, for brunch, lunch, dinner and drink specials.
“It’s our dream too, but we couldn’t have done it without my dad, we’re lucky to have it,” Jessica said. “People say, ‘Oh my god, your dad is going; I’ll go where he goes. They are all very excited for us.
Keep following greatpatchogue.com for updates on Tiesto Restaurant and its grand opening.
Above: The Marin family (from left to right) Ivonne Castro, Luis Marin and Johanna Marin.