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Martinez catering business under new ownership

Posted: January 6, 2012 - 10:46am

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A longtime catering business is under new ownership.

Cindy’s Catering, at 4015 Washington Road in Martinez, has been purchased by husband-wife team Terry and Donna John­ikin, who changed the name to CloverLeaf Catering.

CloverLeaf Catering is also the name of the Johni­kins’ home-based business, which they have run for four years.

The menu from Cindy’s Catering will stay, and the new owners have acquired clients, vehicles and storage rooms. They have also hired all of the previous employees, four full-time and about 50 part-time workers.

“Our menus, if you laid them side by side, there are five items different. Because she has such a good legacy here, we adopted all of her menus. Nothing will change,” Terry Johnikin said.

Cindy Crawford, the previous owner, is retiring for health reasons. She will work as a consultant for CloverLeaf Catering and assist with events as long as she wants to be involved.

Crawford ran her catering business for 13 years. She said that she will retain the name “Cindy’s Catering” for her personal chef work.

The Johnikins got in business after being inspired by a famous Georgia chef. Donna Johnikin read that Paula Deen got started by selling sandwiches in Savannah, and they decided to follow in her footsteps. They began by selling lunches at the Richmond County municipal building seven years ago.

“It kept building and building, and then this opportunity came along. We needed to move, so it worked out real well,” Terry Johnikin said.

Terry Johnikin said that he will add a gourmet-to-go line, in which customers can purchase frozen or ready-to-heat dinners.

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