One of Canyon Country’s newest arrivals has a long, successful track record. The 20-year history of Medrano’s Mexican Restaurant is proof that you can accomplish a lot with family unity.
“That’s the key, that’s how we’ve succeeded,” said general manager Jose Medrano. “Being together, my mom and dad taught us, raised us in the right way, to stick together as a family.”
“Mom and Dad” are Reveca Alvarez and Ramiro Medrano, who brought their family from Guanajuato, Mexico, and pooled their money with their sons to open the first Medrano’s in Lancaster.
“We put in our savings. We started with $200 in the drawer (of the) cash register,” Jose Medrano said. “All my family has been working in restaurants our whole life – cooks, waiters, busboys, hostesses. That’s why we decided to open our own.”
The restaurant was successful from the start, and soon they opened more – one in Palmdale and another in Quartz Hill. Canyon Country is the fourth location.
“In order to succeed you have to be ‘on it’ all the time,” Jose Medrano said. “It’s a sacrifice – family, kids.”
With a family of five, including children ages 10-22, Jose is a busy man. “I’ve got a really sweet family,” he said. “I try to raise them in a good way. That’s my job as a parent.”
It’s clear that Jose Medrano is a people person, and he claims to never let business change him.
“This is all about my parents,” he underscored. “I’m very blessed to have parents like the ones I have. They put me in a position they believe I belong to. All my family believes in me. I’m really blessed with that.”
The Medranos have a March 1 target date to open in Canyon Country with everything their other restaurants offer, from football game nights and Sunday brunches to pick-up and catering services. The restaurant is located at 19319 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information, visit Medranosmexicanfood.com.