Episode 2 Antojitos La Poblanita

Elizabel and Maria Urrieta migrated from Puebla, MX, in the early 2000s, and together, they opened Antojitos La Poblanita, a Mexican restaurant in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood. Through the flavors of Puebla, they share their culture with the people of Denver and beyond.
Apr 18, 2024 — 1 min read

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Elizabel and Maria Urrieta migrated from Puebla, MX, in the early 2000s, and together, they opened Antojitos La Poblanita, a Mexican restaurant in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood. 

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Only In Denver: A Mi Manera

Only In Denver: A Mi Manera

Only In Denver highlights five Latinx-owned businesses, where each entrepreneur discusses the importance of how their culture and heritage shapes their work. These episodes are titled A Mi Manera, or My Way, as a means to honor Latinx business owners around the world.

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Transcript

Everyone misses the flavors of their homeland. There are people that come here and say, "that is the flavor of home."

"This is what I've been looking for."

"It's been 20 years since I had this."

I think everyone misses what they leave behind. It's a way to relieve the loss by bringing things from back home. Being here, like my sister says, "You fall in love with this country." It gives you what you could never have at home. Upon arriving I started working at a restaurant. It took me a few years to learn on my own.  Until one person said, "Why don't you cook? The people from Puebla are good cooks."

She said, "Because here — this place — if they sell $1,000 or $10,000, you will always get paid the same." So I stopped and thought, "Yeah, huh?"

I've always worked with my sister — the two of us. She came here, then I came here, and we stayed. You could say that she is pretty integral to the business. She is the one in charge of the finances because the reality is, I don't touch them. 

Who doesn't want to have their own business? Who doesn't want to manage their own time? Here in the United States, you have your own business or you build a business for someone else.  We had to start really small and well, keep going. 

I believed in Antojitos La Poblanita because this is well-made, because we're doing it with love. We are offering something good. This can grow. I feel proud being able to bring my dishes, my flavors, and that no one is really offering that here. 

I came here — well, as we say, right — to have a better life. The hardest part, leaving my family. The cost of leaving has been really big. Really big. But I said it's something that is worth it. And we hope that it is. I know my mother is proud because not all children will say, "I am starting from zero, and I have a restaurant. I am battling, and I have another restaurant."

I am trying to bring back a piece of Puebla basically.

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