Head south on Madison Avenue through Covington and you will eventually find your way into Latonia nestled among one of the many bends in the Licking River.
This quaint neighborhood full of locally owned businesses filled with character recently welcomed Casa Mexico, a new eatery that specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine left unfettered by more modern approaches in the kitchen.
"We want people to experience true Mexican cuisine. Casa Mexico does not reinvent or modernize Mexican cuisine, but rather celebrate, respect and preserve its originality," said Casa Mexico owner Simon Cipriano.
Cipriano's new business represents more than delicious Mexican food though - the restaurant represents a statistic that shows growing immigrant populations are more likely to start a business. According to the Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
, immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than nonimmigrants, and represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.
Furthermore, analysis of the 2000 Census showed that business income generated by immigrant business owners is $67 billion, representing 11.6 percent of all business in the United States - much of this immigrant business ownership is typically concentrated in a few geographic locations, including portions of Northern Kentucky.
Cipriano's Casa Mexico restaurant is open daily from 11am to 9pm and is located at 21 East 32nd Street (map
). Casa Mexico can be reached at (859) 292-8226.
Writer: Randy A. SimesPhotography by Scott Beseler
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