Launched in 2009, The Mojo Grill & Catering Co. is the concoction of life-long restaurateur Rondo Fernandez. With a name and ambiance inspired by Rondo’s love for blues music, The Mojo Grill offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience delighting your mind with blues music, feeding your body with soul food, and treating your soul to a great time amongst family and friends.
Community-Centered, Hospitality-Driven, and Food-Focused
Beyond the comfort food, lively entertainment, and unsurpassed service, Rondo and his team serve with a strong passion for giving back to the community. In fact, community is at the center of The Mojo Grill’s service model. Rondo is well known as a local philanthropist. His charitable efforts include hosting community events and providing hands-on or financial support for nearly every charity in town.
Our community impact section discusses the reach of our partnerships with other organizations in the community, which includes the Feed the Need non-profit organization founded by Rondo to support Ocala’s youth community. Rondo has always had a passion for helping anyone in need, but he particularly strives to be a beacon of hope for children and young adults.
Judging from Rondo’s passionate community activism throughout the Ocala area, you would think he’s lived here his entire life, but he was actually born in Atlanta and raised in Miami before moving as a teen with his family in 1990 to Big Scrub in the Ocala National Forest. He attended Lake Weir High School, and he grew to love the tight-knit community. Rondo took an interest in the hospitality industry, completing culinary school at Lake County Vo-Tech while working full-time as a server.
Rondo’s passion for the restaurant business dates back to his childhood, when is mother would bring him to work with her in restaurants. His father emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba, which instilled Rondo with the deep-down love of the Cuban cuisine you’ll find peppered throughout The Mojo Grill’s menu alongside Cajun-style dishes and savory recipes he perfected while working in Florida restaurants.
Rondo had to try a few recipes for business success before finding that special Mojo flavor. Rondo’s first restaurant was on the fast track during his twenties. It had a rapidly growing bar clientele prompting the need for a second location. Navigating the nightlife scene and fast living, however, led Rondo’s restaurant dreams to fizzle before reaching their full potential. With experience, age, and a complete turnaround in his life – Rondo found God while finding the keys to success. Scripture sums up Rondo’s mantra: “For those who have been given much, much is to be expected” (Luke 12:48). Rondo’s wholehearted faith inspired him to build a business with a focus on being a blessing to the community.