Cesar Reyes

El Sol Azteca Restaurant
5285 Highway 57
Rossville, TN 38066
901-853-4160

Cesar Reyes was born in Oaxaca, Mexico on February 6, 1979, and moved to Southaven, Mississippi in 2004 to join his family working in the restaurant business. Three years ago he opened El Sol Azteca after over ten years in the Mexican restaurant industry. Reyes describes how he began as a dishwasher and worked his way up to manager before opening up his own restaurant. Additionally, Reyes describes life in Mexico, adapting to life in the south and preserving Mexican cultural practices and tradition, and the challenges running a restaurant.

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Cesar Reyes nació en Oaxaca, México el 6 de febrero de 1979, y se trasladó a Southaven, Mississippi en 2004 para unirse a su familia trabajando en el negocio de restaurantes. Después de más de diez años en la industria de restaurantes mexicanos, hace tres años él abrió El Sol Azteca. Reyes describe cómo comenzó lavando platos y alcanzó a ser gerente antes de abrir su propio restaurante. Además, Reyes describe la vida en México, la adaptación a la vida en el sur, la preservación de las prácticas y tradiciones culturales mexicanas, y los retos de tener un restaurante.

Date of interview:

July 25, 2017

Interviewer:

Simone Delerme

Photographer:

Simone Delerme & Chelsea Loper


It was really fun in Mexico. But Mexico is really hard for you to grow as a person. You need an education because if you don’t, it’s really hard for you to find a good job, to make good money, and grow and try to do something.
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