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Mi Rancherito Mexican Restaurants

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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Summer is always a special time for José Solorzano. On July 4, 1995 at 10:30 a.m., José became a naturalized citizen of the United States while standing on the steps of the Capitol Building in Salt Lake City. Originally from El Salvador, José is proud of the life he has made here for his family.

José started Mi Rancherito Mexican Restaurants, but he wasn't always in the restaurant business. José arrived in America in the early 1980s, nearly four years after his father moved to the United States. Political unrest in El Salvador made it difficult for the family to stay together. José's father came to the United States to work, and after four years, he had saved up enough money to bring over the rest of the family.

Like his parents, José only had a third grade education and knew that if he wanted to be successful he would have to learn everything on the job. José worked as a helicopter mechanic and later as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. He worked his way up the ranks and was promoted to a cook. José told me the more familiar he became with the restaurant business, the more he wanted to have his own restaurant. When the opportunity to open his own restaurant came along, he couldn't pass it up.

José opened the first Mi Rancherito Mexican Restaurant in Provo in 1989. Since then, the restaurant has opened in Spanish Fork, Payson, Nephi and Delta. José is quick to mention the involvement of his parents and family members in the restaurants.

José wanted me to know that he is from El Salvador, not Mexico, and he said the food the family ate in El Salvador was different from the food they serve in the restaurants today. The recipes for Mi Rancherito Mexican Restaurants came through trial and error, but José thinks his family has perfected the recipes by now. The food is homemade and includes specialties like chicken enchiladas and handmade chili rellenos.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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