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Empanadas Factory Latin Fusion

While many professionals warn against close friends going into business together, the Empanadas Factory Latin Fusion’s success started from a friendship and turned into a brand.

In July 2018, Laura Fraga, Nadia Medrano, Catalina Valdez, Esvin Jimenez, Fabricio Rivero and Jimy Pulido opened their dream restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida.  They each had a background working in different restaurants and a shared passion for food and hospitality. After coming up with the idea of starting their own restaurant, they made a pact to work hard, but to never compromise on their friendships.

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Nadia Medrano & Laura FragaEmpanadas Factory Latin Fusion

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