Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 011 Antonio Ramirez interviewed by Soledad PalaciosAthens Oral History Project, AOHP 011 Antonio Ramirez interviewed by Soledad Palacios

Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 011 Antonio Ramirez interviewed by Soledad Palacios

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 011 Antonio Ramirez interviewed by Soledad Palacios
Creator: Palacios, Soledad
Creator: Ramirez, Antonio
Dates: 2016 February 22
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/361/AOHP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Antonio Ramirez lived in Mexico City until moving to Athens, Georgia in 1995. After working in construction, he and his wife opened a family-owned restaurant, Tlaloc El Mexicano, in 2007. In this interview, Ramirez talks about starting the restaurant, the types of dishes served, and the relationship between the restaurant, its customers, and the community.
Abstract: Antonio Ramirez vivió en Mexico D.F. hasta que se mudó a Athens, Georgia en 1995. Después de trabajar en la construcción, él y su esposa abrieron un restaurante familiar, llamado Tlaloc El Mexicano, en 2007. En esta entrevista, Ramirez habla sobre el inicio del restaurante, la variedad de platos servidos y la relación entre el restaurante, su clientela y la comunidad.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Antonio Ramirez worked in Mexico City, Mexico and moved to Athens, Georgia in 1995. After working in construction for over a decade, he and his wife, Florinda Arroyo, opened a family-owned restaurant, Tlaloc El Mexicano, which serves a mix between traditional Mexican and Salvodoran dishes.

Scope and Content

Antonio Ramirez talks about working in bus transportation in Mexico City and his decision to go to the U.S. to work. He talks about working in construction in the U.S., traveling to different states for construction projects, and learning English. In response to the 2007 recession, construction work decreased, and Ramirez and his wife Florinda began to cook food from their home to sell food at construction sites. Ramirez talks about getting in trouble with safety inspectors at the beginning, deciding to open a small restaurant, and building up a clientele over time. He describes the food served at the restaurant, a mix between traditional Mexican dishes and Salvadorian dishes, the makeup of the clientele, and how the restaurant is family-owned and operated. Ramirez comments on the relationship of the restaurant with the community and about how the restaurant's operation has evolved over the years.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

The Athens Oral History Project was initiated in 2014 to document modern Athens history, roughly from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Interviews cover topics such as neighborhoods and communities in Athens, civil rights demonstrations, African American history, as well as personal histories of narrators.

Preferred citation

Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 011, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2016.


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AOHP 0011 Antonio Ramirez video (Extent: 39.0 minutes ) Access Online

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
300 South Hull Street
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-1641