Sazón de Connecticut, La Casita del Sabor II, Hartford


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HARTFORD – Restauranteur Luz Maria Olmino welcomed customers, elected and international officials Tuesday to celebrate the La Casita Del Sabor II’s grand opening.

The new restaurant aims to expand Olmino and her family’s mission to serve as a community gathering spot for delicious Latin American food, great company and civic engagement.

“I am so proud of all we have achieved as a business and as a family over the years,” Olmino said. “I am especially honored to receive such recognition from our community leaders, and I look forward to working with our family and neighbors to help both La Casita II and the community to prosper.”

Luz María Olmino center with Ambassador Carlos Garcia to her left

Olmino and her son Erick Fernando Sanchez Olmino were recognized by Ambassador Carlos Garcia of the United Nations Association of El Salvador, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. Secretary Merrill presented Olmino and Sanchez with an official citation recognizing La Casita del Sabor’s many years of economic and community contributions.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill with La Casita del Sabor staff

The restaurant has an overwhelming sense of community and a true outpouring of support.

”We weren’t sure what was more outstanding: the food or the service, ” said Donna Elkinson-Miller, Marketing, who was among the guests. “The entire experience was like being attended to by family members.”

When asking community members to describe Luz, their replies are full of admiration, proud smiles and emotion in their eyes as they share examples of the depth of Luz’s character and values.

Olmino is an immigrant from Guatemala who, despite many barriers such as not knowing how to speak the English language, is an amazing example of entrepreneurship and hard work.

Erick Fernando Sanchez, is now owner of La Casita del Sabor II located on 1995 Park Street in Hartford, just a mile from La Casita del Sabor I, located at 1405 Park Street.

La Casita II features a warm modern decore and offers expanded seating and parking. A highlight is the smoothie bar with a variety of flavors including mango, papaya, strawberry, pineapple, tamarind and more.

One of Olmino’s priorities is to maintain quality, homemade, fresh dishes that are made with love. The menu is very thoughtfully designed by her. It includes Latin American cuisine staples like ceviche de camarones, steak with fried plantains and tacos.

Details like opening at 2pm on Sundays intentionally for families to come enjoy lunch and dinner following church is what makes La Casa del Sabor I and II an authentic community favorite.

Luz Maria believes in community, hard work and dedication. Her values are the embodiment of the La Casita del Sabor concept.

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