La Poblana in Rochester, MN, is easy to overlook. A café in the back of a small Mexican grocery store, many customers have discovered it while they were doing laundry next door. The food is authentic and tasty, but it is the welcoming atmosphere that owners and operators Teo Ramirez and his wife Orkiria have created that makes customers become return customers.
Born in Puebla, Mexico Teo Ramirez moved to Pasadena, California at the age of 6 with only his brother, just 13 years older. By age 18 Ramirez had been living on his own for three years, and was looking for a big change. “Not my style.” Ramirez said, describing his rough neighborhood. He had dreams of going to college and of colder weather, so he bought a bus ticket to Chicago.