Thursday, February 15, 2018

FCDC Names Fillmore County Entrepreneur of the Year

Jaime Lopez, Owner of Molcajete Mexican Restaurant
Named Fillmore County Entrepreneur of the Year

The Fillmore County Development Corporation named Jaime Lopez, owner of the Molcajete Mexican Restaurant, “Fillmore County Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2017 at their annual meeting on February 8th.  This is the first year for the award.

Jaime Lopez and his family first visited Geneva in December of 2015.  A former FCDC and Geneva Chamber member, Vern Kendall, made the contact with Lopez when he heard that he was interested in starting his own Mexican Restaurant.  Lopez had been managing a very successful restaurant in Phillipsburg, KS at the time.

The Lopez family liked Geneva and decided to work to establish a Mexican restaurant in the community.  A space was available on main street, Heartland Bank who owned the building was willing to work with him, Patt Lentfer, FCDC Director along with Griselda Rendon of REAP (Rural Enterprise Assistance Project) helped Jaime with the business plan, permits, etc. and he obtained a low interest through the City of Geneva’s LB 840 funds for economic development and the project got started.  After a lot of planning and hard work by Jaime Lopez the Molcajete Mexican Restaurant held their grand opening on October 21st, 2016

Molcajete Mexican Restaurant is now a favorite restaurant in the area and offers an extensive menu, in a beautifully decorated space and is very family friendly.  The sit-down restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner except Mondays. 

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