The Flavors of Our Neighbors/Los Sabores De Nuestros Vecinos

Nearly 10 percent of restaurants across the country have permanently closed in the past year. The challenges have been many: initial shut-downs last spring, limited capacity for indoor-seating, and figuring out how to survive through take-out and delivery.

Owners have found ways to innovate and adapt during this time, not only because of what it meant to their livelihoods, but what their restaurants mean to their communities.

Local restaurants also provide a sense of home for people, through food and connections with the folks who run it. We wanted to highlight Latino restaurant owners who have weathered, thrived and continued to provide that sense of home for their customers and communities over the past year.  As the Latino community in this state grows, we wanted to showcase a handful of Latino-owned restaurants, the cuisines they serve that are changing New Hampshire’s gastronomic landscape, and the heart behind them.

This project was developed through a collaboration between leaders of Latino communities in New Hampshire and media partners in The Granite State News Collaborative. This team has met twice a month for nearly a year, working together to find new ways for media and community to co-produce, communicate and learn from each other.

The stories, audio and video for this project were reported and produced by Daniela Allee of NHPR; and, Jasmine Torres Allen, Oscar Villacis, Kevin Genao and Esmeldy Angeles of  First Gen American Multimedia.

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Lina Gomez is a first-generation American, born and raised in Nashua.