Tony's Burgers

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Our Family restaurant for over 25 years
Our Family restaurant for over 25 years

This photo can symbolize a  restaurant. To my family and I, this is, has, and will continue to symbolize how we made it to where we are today.  During the early migration of Hispanic heritages to U.S soil, many well rounded individuals would wake up every morning lined up outside of the Home Depot on Burlington and Union. With many individuals lined up early, cars and pick-up trucks would come around to select workers for a job. When my grandfather Pablo Garcia came to the United States, he was on a mission to be able to pursue his plan which was to find an education and being able to work and maintain his three daughters and wife. When the trucks arrived they were in search for specific work lines. With people looking for someone who knows how to cook, my grandfather rose his hand and pledged he knew everything there was to know about cooking in Mexico. When they got to Tony’s Burgers, they walked inside and while they were preparing for morning rush hour, my grandfather tells him; “I’m going to be honest. I don’t know a single thing about cooking or anything other than electricity, but I will learn quickly if you show me” With these simple sentences, they helped change the lives of our family. With my grandfather being under Tony’s wing, then came a time where the owner was thinking about retirement. He wanted the business to keep going, and my “Tito” wasn’t going anywhere soon.  Commitment, hard work and faith, we were able to be fortunate enough to have this business.

– Alex Hernandez

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant