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Ramiro Munoz Jr.

Casa Mexicana

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Ramiro Muñoz Jr. manages the restaurant Casa Mexicana in Oxford, Mississippi. Soon after his birth, Muñoz moved to Oxford, where he has lived since 1995 during which time he witnessed the expansion of his family’s restaurant business and the growth of the Latino community. With a background education in the culinary arts, Muñoz focuses primarily on managing the restaurant and kitchen while his sister focuses on other aspects of the business. With over twenty restaurants in the mid-south and growing, Muñoz describes his family’s introduction into the food industry, first in California and later in the South. Recognizing a need for Mexican restaurants in many small, southern towns his immediate and extended family collaborated to create an important legacy and brought Mexican cuisine to places like Oxford, Olive Branch, and Southaven, Mississippi.


Nacido en Nashville, Tennessee, Ramiro Muñoz Jr es el gerente del restaurante Casa Mexicana en Oxford, Mississippi. Muy pronto después de haber nacido, Muñoz se mudó a Oxford, donde ha vivido por los últimos veintiún años durante los cuales ha presenciado la expansión del negocio de restaurantes de su familia y el crecimiento de la comunidad latina. Con un trasfondo en la educación y en las artes culinarias Muñoz se enfoca principalmente en manejar el restaurante y la cocina mientras que su hermana se enfoca en otros aspectos del negocio. Con más de veinte restaurantes en el Centro-Sur y que está creciendo, Muñoz describe la introducción de la familia a la industria alimentaria, primero en California y después en el Sur. Reconociendo una necesidad de restaurantes mexicanos en muchos pueblos pequeños del Sur, su familia inmediata y extendida colaboraron para crear un legado importante y trajeron la cocina mexicana a tales lugares como Oxford, Olive Branch y Southaven, Mississippi.

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