New Family Restaurant Coming to Woodbury

Vinnie’s Family Restaurant is set to open soon in the former Tinucci’s space.

Update: 2:34 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18

A restaurant official told Patch the opening date for Vinnie’s Family Restaurant.

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Vinnie Mustafoski says his new Woodbury restaurant won’t have customers.

“For us, they’re not customers—they’re family,” he said. “You’re going to feel at home here.”

Mustafoski plans to open Vinnie’s Family Restaurant in early February in the former Tinucci’s space at Eagle Valley Marketplace.

Mustafoski said Vinnie’s will serve breakfast (omelets, waffles, skillets), lunch (salads, wraps, sandwiches) and dinner (roasts, ribs, steak). Breakfast will be served all day.

Busy with a paintbrush in his hand Tuesday, Mustafoski, whose family owns several similar establishments in Wisconsin, said fresh food and customer service and will be hallmarks of Vinnie’s Family Restaurant.

“When you come here, you’re going to feel like a king,” he said.

He plans to utilize the patio space come summer, and said he is also looking into securing a liquor license for beer and wine.

Mustafoski, whose family hails from Albania, has 15 years of experience in the restaurant business. During an interview Tuesday, he often talked of the American dream.

“A lot of people don’t know what they have in their hands,” he said.

The restaurant will seat about 80 people and 12-15 workers will be hired, Mustafoski said, before again noting that the customers will be like family.

“I’ll give them a key—they can come in and start the coffee,” he said.


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Jane M January 23, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Awesome! I'm thrilled for another non-national chain option!
Kris Janisch January 23, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Somebody actually said just about the same thing on our Facebook page recently. Just posted one line: We need more family-run restaurants.
Lauren Tschida January 23, 2013 at 04:19 PM
The family-owned restaurants seem to be the ones that never stick around permanently, but I'm VERY happy to have another one! I wonder if they often don't work because people seek out the chain restaurants more around here, or if they often fail due to the liquor sales ordinance, property taxes, or something else?
Kris Janisch January 23, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Good question Lauren. Maybe people just trend toward familiarity?
Jane M January 23, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Personally, I don't care about liquor. We don't drink, and I don't like taking the kids to a place that's more bar than restaurant. Here's hoping this place fits that bill!
Nicole Julian Twisk January 23, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Personally, I think people don't realize you have to actually 'market' and sell your business. Advertising, community involvement, social media, and also have great food and service. If I don't know you exist, ( and he will not get any 'accidental ' business in that location), then I certainly won't patronize your business. But if I am not impressed, I will rarely give you a second chance either. I can say that about several local non-chain restaurants!
Kris Janisch January 23, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Advertising. I like the sound of that. (And be sure to patronize the local businesses that support Woodbury Patch.)
Eric R January 23, 2013 at 08:34 PM
He had me at "breakfast will be served all day." Speaking of breakfast, it feels like a pancakes for dinner kind of night.
Kris Janisch January 23, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Ha! And hey, Vinnie said he doesn't think there is a place in Woodbury that serves breakfast skillets. I just checked the Keys and Woodbury Cafe websites and didn't see any.
SomeGuy January 23, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Agree with your comment on this location - a bit off the main roads. But a nice space, from what I recall when Tinucci's was there. And ... one of the benefits is that they can have a patio without excessive road noise. Not many Woodbury establishments can say that. If they can secure a liquor license and server something in addition to the usual Bud/Miller/Coors suspects, that would be unique for Woodbury as well. I look forward to visiting them.
Susan Monty January 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM
I am excited to try the new place! And Kris, thanks for the tip on the hoagie club, or is it a club hoagie? at Davanni's! I have been there twice now! Great friendly service, too!
Kris Janisch January 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Good to hear Susan!
Jane M January 24, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Oh, i missed a conversation on Davannis? I love that place. Best tuna hoagy anywhere.
Maureen January 24, 2013 at 01:54 AM
This is great news! We miss Tunicci's so much. This is a great location to stop and pick up take out dinner on the the way home from work. We can't wait to try it!!
Rob January 24, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Chains survive and family runs fail because chains can purchase in bulk where family run cannot. Kind of like Walmart. They basically name their price with suppliers where others cannot. Businesses have to have a profit to be successful. I think some forget that. There is the cost of payroll, utilities, insurance, supplies, etc. that factor into a profit. Family run businesses have this challenge. They do not have the buying power of larger chains.
Kim Utecht Prayfrock January 24, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Yeah.....a great place to bring our seniors!
Kris Janisch January 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Had lunch at Angelina's today. She said it would be nice to see a few restaurants go in over there. She noted her place, Vinnie's and Thanh Truc. I said it could become Woodbury's own little Eat Street.
Kristen Cranford January 29, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Stoked for breakfast all day! It's impossible to get in to local places during breakfast hours on the weekend I have found, unless you want to wait up to an hour. And I love mom and pop places - not a fan of cookie-cutter chains that abound in the burbs!
Kris Janisch January 29, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Yeah, Kristen, will be nice to have that option in town. And there are plenty of times when I'm craving French toast at 7 p.m.
Laura Parcells February 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Ok I'm hungry reading all this. Anyone know when they open? And perhaps a website to review their menu? Can't find it online.
Kris Janisch February 18, 2013 at 04:44 PM
I'm following up today Laura. Not sure if they've opened yet. But I might have gotten an email back. Was out of town and I've got a ton of stuff to get through.


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