Excellent write up from the TC Daily Planet on one of my favorite Mexican places in town, Los Ocampo. If you haven’t been there yet, check them out in the Midtown Global Market or across the street on the corner of Lake and Chicago. Get the Huarachazo. You won’t be disappointed.
Not only are sales exceptionally strong at the Chicago-Lake location, but the clientele is mixed, “fifty-percent Latino, fifty-percent everybody else,” says Armando. “Anglo, black, Asian, everybody.” Customers have been clamoring for that store to remain open 24 hours, he says. “Chicago and Lake was changing, and Los Ocampo has been part of that change.” For Flory, this is an example of the huge, but largely unacknowledged impact immigrant entrepreneurs have had on commercial thoroughfares in parts of cities that others have steered clear of.
Oh, and not enough people talk about the economic benefit Latino’s brought to the Midtown area, revitalizing Lake Street when it was needed most.
“In one case of a jazz club owner who would not stock Summit, Stutrud and confreres would regularly visit the club and quietly drop Summit coasters on the tables. As patrons began asking for Summit, the club owner finally relented and began buying from Stutrud.”—Beer baron returns to roots | INFORUM | Fargo, ND