Photo: The Tennessean, (L-R) Mike Quinones, Cristina Gonzalez and Ricardo Turk Ricky Turk was a mechanical engineer in his native Colombia, where he had a company repairing aircraft engines. The need to export parts from the U.S. allowed him to join his wife and three step-children living in Miami in the 1990s, and he later worked with the Colombian coffee industry, including the Juan Valdez brand. … Continue reading Ricky Turk & Mike Quinones: Rico Ricky Y El Gordito
Photo: The Tennessean Fabian Bedne remembers watching books burn in the 1980s on his college campus in his native Argentina. While the country was still under a dictatorship then, these weren’t the materials of the opposition… they were architecture textbooks. That experience, however, was one of many – his own brother disappeared — that led him and others to protest, and the regime was eventually … Continue reading Councilman Fabian Bedne
Juan Reyes was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, just outside of San Juan, and found his passion as a restaurateur there in the nearby Condado community. Surrounded by friends and family on the paradise island, Reyes had built a wonderful life. But a chance visit to Nashville seven years ago changed his vision for the future. In August, a trip to see his … Continue reading Juan Reyes: Salsa
Jose Luis Ayala first came to America in 1977, finding work picking strawberries in the California fields before moving to Atlanta, where he would stay for the next 12 years. Continue reading Jose Luis Ayala: Las Palmas
The City of Franklin recognized Hispanic Heritage Month at the September 27 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, with Mayor Ken Moore, M.D. reading a special proclamation honoring the contributions that Hispanics have played in the local economy through the restaurant industry.
Austin Garcia was 14 years old when he and his family packed up and moved from Jalisco, Mexico to Franklin, Tennessee. Leaving his friends and large extended family behind, he had to work hard and fast to learn a new language and adjust to a different culture. Continue reading Austin Garcia: Red Pony Restaurant