Juan and Melanie Martinez are living the American dream. In 2010 they decided to start a restaurant business, in the midst of the financial crisis. Juan explains: “We thought if we can make it work when the economy was bad, we might have a good opportunity to succeed long term.”
Something clicked, and what was one Don Juan Mex Grill in 2011 has increased to five locations across the Valley. Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or any random day, a growing number of hungry diners are searching for flavorful, Latin-inspired food, and Don Juan fills that need.
Arriving in the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at the tender age of 16, Juan’s Caribbean roots inspired his restaurants’ authentic cuisine. He credits his business success to the generosity of the American people for help in realizing a dream. In that spirit, Don Juan Mex Grill awards annual scholarships to outstanding high school students in the community. It’s his way of paying it forward.