Who is AztecaBySonia?

Hello all and welcome to my blog. My name is Sonia Villalpando (pictured middle), I am owner of Azteca 1 Mexican Restaurant in Davenport, Iowa. It is a family owned business funded by my father and uncle, I am second generation. 24 years and counting we have received so much support from the community. We are very blessed to be in business here in the wonderful Quad Cities. My family and I are originally from California, we moved to Davenport in 2000. I was only 10 years old when we first moved. It was a fresh start after my father came back from jail in 1998. My parents sold their house and off we went to the Midwest. They worked at Azteca as full time servers. They were able to save up some money and bought 15% of Azteca. Eventually they were able to start making even more money and bought 33%, then finally 50% with my uncle. 

 

Long story short, they kept reinvesting their money money and were able to open 3 more locations through out the next few years. I grew up in the restaurant business. My first time bussing tables I was 12 and the rest was history. Eventually I learned how to work the register and serve tables. I had always enjoyed my job, I did feel different than the other kids. I worked every single weekend, no excuses. I could not be more thankful for those weekends and very strict parents. It was a blessing to have been instilled from very young to be determined, have goals and crush them. Thanks for following me on my socials. Thank you for supporting me! I am thankful I am able to open up and be me. I am my community. Remember to always shop local!

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