The Latino South 

    Oxford Marron
By Katherine Aberle
             Oxford Marron
          By Katherine Aberle 

Moises Lemus & Juan Leon,

El Agave Mexican Restaurant

Interview Transcript
Moises Lemus was born in Jalisco, Mexico on August 25, 1989, and migrated with his family in 2000, at the age of eight years old. They lived in Nashville for a few months before moving to New Albany, Mississippi. Juan Leon was born in Mexico on November 16, 1978. In 2012, the business partners opened El Agave Mexican Grill in New Albany, Mississippi.  In 2016, they expanded their brand and opened a second store in Oxford, Mississippi.  Lemus and Leon discuss cultural preservation, adjusting to life in the south, the growth of the Latino population, and their experiences working in the restaurant industry. 

Ramiro Munoz Jr.

Casa Mexicana

Interview Transcript 
Born in Nashville, Tennessee,  Ramiro Muñoz Jr. manages the restaurant Casa Mexicana in Oxford, Mississippi. Soon after his birth, Muñoz moved to Oxford 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.

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