Wednesday, November 14, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The family of Pedro Alvarez with Maywood village officials during a Nov. 14 meeting, where the board praised Alvarez in a resolution. | VFP
During a Nov. 14 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees formally recognized the life of Pedro Alvarez with a resolution presented to Alvarez’s family.
Alvarez, the longtime owner of El Prado at El Prado Restaurant, 612 Lake St., which was likely Maywood’s first Cuban restaurant, died on Oct. 16 at 83 years old.
“It’s a great honor,” said Alvarez’s oldest son, Carlos, referencing the resolution during Tuesday’s meeting. “My father loved being in Maywood. He never left.”
Trustee Antonio Sanchez, whose family owns a banquet hall in town, said that El Prado provided them with an example of a business that flourished.
“If my memory is correct, El Prado was probably one of the first Latino businesses in this community,” said Sanchez. “El Prado was a staple. It allowed Mexican immigrants first coming into Maywood to share a commonality, a common ground, with Cuban Americans.”
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