Luis Rivera - Casa Adela
Luis: — So the way [Adela] became in the business was she started out with a shopping cart in the kitchen in the house. And the neighborhood was all mixed. There were some Italians, some Jews, there were some Blacks and then the Hispanic came into the neighborhood and they didn’t have like now, where they could have their typical Latino food. And she kind of took it upon herself to feed the workers, which were Hispanic at the time, mostly Puerto Rican. And she kind of became a regular to the point of where she was, you know, every time a place was available, it was offered to her, “why don’t you [set up] shop here?”
She took the offering at one point, and she started off her first little
place which was that one picture there… you can see it was a very
narrow place, a very very small place. And that was the first restaurant,
more like a place to meet up.… Everything that was related to
all the Hispanic people, at that time we kinda took care for them. Old
people used to pick kids up from the neighborhood, so their parents
could pick them up [at the restaurant], and little odds and ends that
we did for the neighborhood, that gave us rooting, you know, the roots.
And then everybody became comfortable with the way we did cooking, and
we started having more sit down dinners.
how long has your mom been in the neighborhood?
[Everyone is in the family,] that’s why it makes it slow. You know sometimes you can't take care of everybody at the same time. [Adele comes in] everyday 5 o’clock, sometimes she stays ’til 11. But that’s why we don't let her doing it all alone, because she has to be here.… I guess if you have a good restaurant you stick to it.
you eat here every day?