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Astorino Highlights Restaurant Owner's 'American Dream' Story

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino recently visited La Chinita Poblana to highlight the diversity of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino recently visited La Chinita Poblana to highlight the diversity of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Photo Credit: Westchester.gov

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- During the recent Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino visited La Chinita Poblana restaurant in Irvington to celebrate the diversity of the event.

La Chinita Poblana, owned by Juan Aguilar, is one of seven restaurants that offered Latino cuisine during the week. While visiting, Astorino highlighted Aguilar’s story and how he opened his popular Irvington restaurant.

When he was just 13, Aguilar immigrated by himself to the U.S., from Puebla, Mexico. His first job was washing dishes at a local restaurant, but before long he became a busboy and from there a waiter.

As he continued to succeed in the restaurant business, Aguilar became sous chef at popular Westchester restaurants, including Red Hat on the River in Irvington. In 2013, Aguilar opened La Chinita Poblana as a tribute to his home cuisine and the rich culture in Puebla.

“Mr. Aguilar’s story truly shows us that the ‘American Dream’ is alive and well,” said Astorino. “Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try new restaurants and cuisine throughout the county while getting to know our local entrepreneurs,” said Astorino.

The annual HVRW celebrates top restaurants, giving diners the opportunity to enjoy exceptional dining at an approachable price point.

“La Chinita Poblana is one of the many restaurants that adds to the great variety and culture of this event,” said Janet Crawshaw, publisher of The Valley Table magazine, the founding sponsor of HVRW.

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