Arturo Diaz opened Habanero's Mexican Grill on June 2, 2008. He has his wife, Jasmine, two brothers, a sister, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law all working for him as he gets it off the ground.
Arturo uses recipes from his mother and father, who ran taco stands in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico. At age 14 he came to the U.S. and has worked in restaurants ever since, starting as a dishwasher and eventually waiting tables and tending bar.
Virtually everything is made in-house, and the quality shows. The family is ultra-friendly, too, welcoming everyone with smiles and making sure all is well.
Portions excerpted from a review by Geri Koeppel
in The Arizona Republic on September 15, 2008