Founder of Popular Hudson Valley Restaurants “Suddenly” Dies

The founder and chef of popular Hudson Valley restaurants, who claims to serve “the best food in the Hudson Valley,” has died at the age of 47.

Eleazar “Chay” Ortiz, 47, from Poughkeepsie, died suddenly at his home on March 2, according to his obituary.

Ortiz was the founder and chef of Mole Mole restaurant in Poughkeepsie. Mole Mole’s Facebook account states that the restaurant’s servers are “the best Mexican food in the Hudson Valley.”

The cause of death has not been released.

“Poughkeepsie lost a really big commodity. (It) had a very strong influence not only on the Spanish community but on everyone,” Frankie Flowers wrote on Facebook. “This man has given so many opportunities and created jobs for so many people throughout the Hudson Valley. Chay has donated and volunteered countless hours never forgetting where he came from. Even as he grew up he remained humble and brought his friend and family on the journey. “

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Ortiz recently opened Cafe Mole on Mill Street in Poughkeepsie, on the site of the former Café Aurora.

“I recently saw him working around the clock at his new restaurant in the old Arora cafe,” added Flowers. “The restaurant is one of many in the Hudson Valley that serves incredible authentic cuisine.”

Visitations will be on Tuesday March 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc on Hooker Avenue in Poughkeepsie. A Christian funeral mass will be held Wednesday March 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church on Church St in Poughkeepsie.

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