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Patricia Aguilar


La Herradura

Patricia Aguilar was born on August 8, 1978 in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. She and her husband, Pedro Aguilar, are the owners of La Herraduara Restaurant on Memphis’ Summer Avenue. The restaurant opened in December of 2016 after expanding from a retail store specializing in Mexican pottery and decorations. Patricia Aguilar migrated to California at the age of five years old and has lived in Memphis since 1996. Aguilar learned to cook from her mother, who serves as her inspiration, and Aguilar has incorporated her mother’s recipes in the restaurant’s menu. La Herradura Restaurant, which the family calls the “Mexican Cracker Barrel,” aims to bring back a little history from Mexico through the art, decorations, dresses, shoes, and other items that are sold in the retail section. In the interview, Aguilar discusses the growth to Memphis’ Latino community, and the challenges faced by the most recent immigrants.

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Patricia Aguilar naciĂł el 8 de agosto de 1978 en el estado de Michoacán, MĂ©xico. Ella y su esposo, Pedro Aguilar, son dueños del Restaurante La Herradura en la Avenida Summer de Memphis. El restaurante abriĂł en diciembre de 2016 despuĂ©s de expandirse de una tienda especializada en ceramica y decoraciones mexicanas. Patricia Aguilar emigrĂł a California a la edad de cinco años y ha vivido en Memphis durante los Ăşltimos veinte años. Aguilar aprendiĂł a cocinar de su madre, quien le sirve de inspiraciĂłn, y Aguilar ha incorporado las recetas de su madre en el menĂş del restaurante. El restaurante La Herradura, que la familia llama el “El Cracker Barrel Mexicano”, tiene como objetivo traer un poco de historia de MĂ©xico a travĂ©s del arte, las decoraciones, los vestidos, los zapatos y otros artĂ­culos que se venden en una secciĂłn de la tienda. En la entrevista, Aguilar analiza el crecimiento de la comunidad latina de Memphis y los desafĂ­os que enfrentan los inmigrantes más recientes.

Date of interview:
2017-07-06

Interviewer:
Simone Delerme

Photographer:
Simone Delerme

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