Team O'Farrell shined the spotlight today on a dining tradition that is close to celebrating five decades of doing business in the 13th District.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and his staff held their latest Lunch Bunch at The Mexican Village, located in Rampart Village off Beverly Blvd near Virgil Ave and the 101 Freeway.
The Councilmember and his staff started the Lunch Bunch tradition to raise awareness and support local and independently owned small businesses in the district.
"Over the years, The Mexican Village has always been one of the first to offer to help out at local events," said O'Farrell after he enjoyed a delicious chicken salad and chocolate flan cake. "Today I wanted to let Diana and Abel Olivares know that I appreciate all they do for the community."
O'Farrell invited the Office of State Senator Kevin De Leon to the Lunch Bunch. Sen De Leon represents the area on the state level, and both offices gave the Olivares siblings certificates to commend them for their family's entrepreneurial spirit and adding to the rich fabric of the district.
The story of The Mexican Village is 48 years in the making by Abel Olivares Sr, who worked in five star restaurants before opening his own.
"Supporting local businesses is really important," said Ms Olivares. "It's harder for local businesses to stay afloat. We don't have the budget to advertise and we have to work harder to make sure that our food is top notch because it's so competitive."
O'Farrell is passionate about supporting local and independently owned businesses. Read about the previous Lunch Bunch adventures here.