Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 013 Alonso Haro interviewed by Soledad PalaciosAthens Oral History Project, AOHP 013 Alonso Haro interviewed by Soledad Palacios

Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 013 Alonso Haro interviewed by Soledad Palacios

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 013 Alonso Haro interviewed by Soledad Palacios
Creator: Alonso, Haro
Creator: Palacios, Soledad
Dates: 2016 March 23
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/361/AOHP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Alonso Haro grew up in Zacatecas, Mexico, after which he moved back to the U.S. in 1992, where he eventually settled in Athens, Georgia. Haro worked in his father’s restaurant, Taqueria La Parrilla, where he is currently a co-owner. In this interview, he talks about his family, his father's inspiration for opening a restaurant, an employee-focused work culture, and the restaurant's relationship to its customers and the community.
Abstract: Alonso Haro creció en Zacatecas, México, después de que regresó para los Estados Unidos en 1992, donde eventualmente se estableció en Athens, Georgia. Haro trabajó en el restaurante de su padre, La Taqueria La Parrilla, donde actualmente es uno de los dueños. En esta entrevista, él habla sobre su família, la inspiración de su padre para abrir un restaurante, una cultura de trabajo familiar que se enfoca en los empleados y la relación del restaurante con su clientela y la comunidad.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Alonso Haro was born in Chicago but grew up in Zacatecas, Mexico. In 1992 he moved with his family to Gainesville, Georgia and two years later settled in Athens, Georgia. Alonso worked in the family restaurant, Taqueria La Parrilla, that his father started, and later became one of the co-owners.

Scope and Content

Alonso Haro talks about his childhood in Zacatecas, Mexico, his early work experience, and his father’s dream of owning a restaurant. Haro discusses opening the restaurant Taqueria La Parrilla, hiring Noe Ramirez as the principle chef, each family member’s role in the restaurant, and the expansion of the restaurant to multiple locations in Athens and Watkinsville. Haro highlights the importance of the employees to the success of the restaurant, the multinational makeup of the employees, and the flexibility and receptiveness regarding employees’ needs. He comments on the most popular dishes served, the familial culture of the restaurant, and his enjoyment of talking to customers. He discusses successes and mistakes that the restaurant has experienced, the need for experience when entering the restaurant business, and the way the restaurant gives back to the Athens community. Haro talks about his family.

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 013, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2016.

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Access Points

Hispanic Americans
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Athens Oral History Project

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

AOHP 013 Alonso Haro video interview, 2016 March 23 (Extent: 56.0 minutes ) Access Online