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Raymundo Garcia

"What is your favorite movie? Why?"

"What is your favorite movie? Why?"

Raymundo Garcia, Hammond | "There are so many great films and directors like Scorsese, De Palma, Brooks and Coppola to name a few. You want to see 'Ishtar' because it's so painfully bad. There's not a scene that won't make me crack up because it so awful."

January 12, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Next Halloween, follow basic trick-or-treat rules

GUEST COMMENTARY: Next Halloween, follow basic trick-or-treat rules

I happily gave away more than 400 candy bars on Halloween night, but something was amiss. More than a quarter of my visitors were without a costume, about an equal number were adults, and another group were so young they couldn’t even walk.

November 19, 2013 12:05 am
Karen Maravilla and Raymundo Garcia Jr.

Karen Maravilla and Raymundo Garcia Jr.

Karen Maravilla and Raymundo Garcia Jr. were born in East Chicago and raised in the region. They've worked in the hospitality industry all of their lives. Raymundo became the first employee of El Taco Real, owned by his parents, in 1974. In 1983, Raymundo became manager and operator of the r…

August 04, 2013 12:00 am
30 faces of tourism

30 faces of tourism

To celebrate its 30th anniversary in July, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority honored 30 individuals who have had significant impacts on the hospitality and tourism industry along the South Shore.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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2 candidates confirm runs for Hammond City Council vacancy

HAMMOND | The pool of candidates vying for the vacant 2nd District seat on the Hammond City Council began to form Thursday.

May 16, 2013 5:45 pm
Making treasure out of trash

Making treasure out of trash

To many Hammond residents, Raymundo Garcia is known for the authentic Mexican food served at his El Taco Real restaurant. But he's also a sociologist, environmentalist, entrepreneur and visionary for bringing life back to the city's downtown.

December 06, 2011 12:00 pm Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, December 1

Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, December 1

Two legendary and inspiring patrons of the arts --- Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley and Grand Rapids' Frederik Meijer --- passed away last week and while we mourn them, we also celebrate the rich legacies they left behind. They were visionaries and pragmatists who made big dreams come true.

November 30, 2011 11:30 am
Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, November 24

Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, November 24

Welcome to our special Thanksgiving Day edition enewser in which all you have to do today is eat well, make plans to shop, (possibly) cook, (maybe) drive somewhere and have fun! Shore Motoring Columnist Jim Jackson's idea of fun is driving Mr. Santa Claus in a red 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in…

November 22, 2011 11:30 am
Making treasure out of trash

Making treasure out of trash

To many in the community, Raymundo Garcia is known for the authentic Mexican food served at his El Taco Real restaurant in Hammond.

November 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, November 17

Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, November 17

Don't miss the exciting Dec/Jan issue of Shore magazine full of big ideas and personalities including Herman Miller's Eames Lounge Chair; Three Oaks Journeyman Distillery's Bill Welter; Grand Rapids' George Aquino; Hammond Transformers Karen Maravilla and Raymundo Garcia; Die-Hard Cubs Fan C…

November 16, 2011 1:00 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Return to your old relatives, old neighborhoods

GUEST COMMENTARY: Return to your old relatives, old neighborhoods

Scarcely a week goes by that I'm not asked "Why don't you open another El Taco Real farther south?" I realize many of our patrons drive long distances to dine with us here in north Hammond, so I have pondered the question long and hard.

November 06, 2011 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Downtown Hammond is on its way back

GUEST COMMENTARY: Downtown Hammond is on its way back

Some of my most vivid memories growing up in north Hammond consisted of walking the 16 blocks from our apartment to visit downtown. I remember patronizing The Jupiter, F.W. Woolworth and, of course, Goldblatts.

April 03, 2011 12:00 am
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