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Martin's Restaurant Owner Honored at Women's History Celebration

Elizabeth High School student Julia Santiago read Maya Angelou's poem, Still I Rise. Credits: Fran Sullivan

ELIZABETH, NJ – Women were celebrated tonight, March 30, or rather their history at a celebration at Yoly’s Cuban Cafѐ on Elizabeth Avenue honoring Joyce Chiu of Martin’s Restaurant.

The annual event is the creation of Council member Patricia Perkins-Auguste who hosted tonight’s celebration along with Mayor Christian Bollwage. “Women are often overlooked,” said Perkins-Auguste, explaining what motivated her. “Women play a vital role, not only in the home, but in the workplace. To highlight women in the mid-town area increases awareness of the important role that women have played and continue to play in every facet of American society.”  

Tonight’s honoree, Joyce Chiu, is a familiar face in mid-town, and her restaurant, Martin’s, is a popular spot. “Martin’s is like a staple in the community,” said the mayor. “When you go, you have to sit there and enjoy the camaraderie there.”

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Added Councilman Manny Grova, “Best coffee in Elizabeth!”

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano presented Chiu with a proclamation from Assembly. “I am familiar with Martin’s. Joyce fed me when I was in rehab after my back surgery. My staff would run in with sandwiches. And, yes, she does have the best coffee!” 

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