Tortas Paquime, a local restaurant chain with a location in North Central, recently received masks and a visit from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

Gallego and Monica Villalobos, CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC), met with Omar Alvarez, owner of the restaurant and member of the AZHCC. They talked about challenges facing businesses, especially small ones, during this COVID-19 pandemic and how they have adapted. Alvarez shared stories on what his employees believe makes the restaurant a great workplace, his pride in building his business and why he selected the city of Phoenix to open his restaurants.

Gallego donated 2,000 disposable masks to the restaurant chain, which offers handmade Mexican foods including sweet bread, torta and tostada paquime with pork sirloin, quesadilla paquime with any choice of meat,  breakfast burritos, papas fritas and tacos de ribeye.

Alvarez is involved in the community, sponsoring school events and hosting Christmas parties with gifts and food for children and families.

The restaurant has a location at 17 E. Dunlap Ave. To learn more, visit


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