People's Co-Op Owners Building Vegetarian Café At Former Tiny's Tavern In Ocean Beach

February 16, 2017

The more than 13,000 owners of O.B. People's Organic Food Market in Ocean Beach will soon have a new business in their portfolios when People's Organic Café, a two-story, organic vegetarian eatery, debuts at the former Tiny's Tavern space this summer.

O.B. People’s Organic Food Market is a California consumer food cooperative, owned by the people who use it - its members. Currently the vegetarian market has a little over 13,000 owners, including all employees at People’s, making it the only customer-owned grocer in San Diego. While People's is a cooperative, it is open to the public and everyone is welcome to shop at the community grocery store. We actually go all the time for organic produce, dairy, and other items (like our favorite bagels in San Diego).

The owners of People's, through its management and board, finalized the purchase of the former Tiny's Tavern and the adjoining duplex next door before owner Alan "Tiny" Kajiwara, who took over the bar in 2002, tragically passed away. The space at 4745 Voltaire Street sits directly up the street from People's. The buildings have been torn down and the two-story People's Organic Café is under construction. 

People's management is currently in the process of hiring a manager to assist in developing the menu for the organic vegetarian eatery. People's Organic Café will be a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as organic teas & coffees, fresh pressed juices, and healthy smoothies. The café will also serve organic beer on tap as well as organic wine on the second floor of the bi-level restaurant, and there will be outdoor seating on both floors. The market and deli on the second floor of People's will remain the same. 

The former-Tiny's space has been demolished and construction should be completed on the space by this May, with an anticipated opening of People's Organic Café by June 2017. For more details on O.B. Peoples, visit