Maywood Recognizes Life Of Late Cuban Restaurant Owner, Pedro Alvarez

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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2 thoughts on “Maywood Recognizes Life Of Late Cuban Restaurant Owner, Pedro Alvarez

  1. El Prado and don Pedro have a special place in my heart. My father would take my mother out to eat there in thier dating years, some time in the 70’s. Then we the children came along and would dig into our palomilla, frijoles negros and white rice. When I got married and would take my wife and sit in the round stools, drink cafe con leche and had Don Pedro tell my wife the stories of his love for his wife and his struggles to make it here. My kids where born and soon after they fell in love with the cuban sandwiches. Don Pedro was something else!! Two Cuban people have impacted my life very deeply, one being Mrs Leon, my teacher at Jane Addams, the other Don Pedro the cook who nourished us for generations. Thank you, god be with you. Much love to all.

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