Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Minority Business Highlight: Chef Oya’s THE TRAP

Chef Oya Woodruff has been feeding the local community since May 2016 after being inspired by a social media post to try recreating new dishes. 

THE TRAP, a walk-up counter style eatery off of Keystone Avenue, specializes in a variety of Florida-style seafood and seasonal specials, such as crab legs, salmon, shrimp and crawfish, loaded with whichever vegetables are in season and tossed with Woodruff’s house-made blend of sauces and spices — including the Yaad Jerk sauce, which is a blend of fresh Jamaican spices, “Trap Buttah,” and the Extra Spicy Young Bae spice blend. 

“One day I saw my friend from Jacksonville, Florida, post a picture of some seafood online, and I was like, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I need to get some of that’” Woodruff told the Indianapolis Recorder during a 2017 interview. “It was not something I had ever seen here in Indianapolis, so I tried to re-create it and started selling it. It’s been amazing.” 

THE TRAP is rooted in the belief that “delicious seafood should be accessible to all” and places an emphasis on preparing meals with fresh, local ingredients and providing healthier food options to an area that would otherwise be considered a food desert. 

THE TRAP is located at 3355 N. Keystone Ave. For more information about the menu, seasonal specials and business hours, visit To get in contact, call (317) 762-6172 or email

This minority business highlight was composed by CHLOE McGOWAN at the Indianapolis Recorder, who can be reached at 317-762-7848 or via email at If you would like your business highlighted in the Indianapolis Minority Business Magazine, click here!

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