Mt. Juliet’s First Mexican Restaurant gets New Name, New Vibe
Mt. Juliet, TENN – August 2020 — Mt. Juliet’s first Mexican restaurant, El Rey Azteca is becoming Memo’s Mexican Kitchen, a dream come true for Mexican immigrant, Memo Murillo. Originally from Michoacán, Mexico, Murillo immigrated to the USA alone as a teenager in 1998 with the dream of simply working hard and contributing to the community.
In 2006, Memo began working as a server at El Rey Azteca in Mt. Juliet, TN. Customers admired him for hard work and quality service, and he truly took pride in his job. Murillo worked as a server for five years before marrying Katie, a Nashville native and frequent customer of El Rey. In 2011, the pair used their life savings to purchase the restaurant. They’ve now owned El Rey Azteca for 9 years, and are active supporters of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, the Mt. Juliet Police Department, and various animal welfare organizations, among others. Although the pandemic has hindered business in various ways, the Murillo’s remained steadfast in their commitment to serving the community. “We’re blessed to have the support of our patrons and various business owners in the community. Mt. Juliet is truly a special place to own a business,” Katie said.
As a celebration of an American dream come true, El Rey Azteca is becoming Memo’s Mexican Kitchen, featuring the flavors and traditions of Memo’s hometown in Mexico. “It’s truly a dream come true. I am proof that when you work hard and don’t give up, it doesn’t matter where you came from. You can accomplish anything.” Murillo said.