Community Planning & Economic Development
Business Profile: Costa Blanca
L to R, T to B – Hector Ruiz with customers at Café Ena, Costa Blanca, Rincon 38 Bistro, La Fresca.
Hector Ruiz began cooking as a child with his mother in Mexico. She was in the catering business and taught him so well that by the age of 15 Hector was working for a restaurant in the U.S. After serving as a sous-chef and corporate chef for years at some of the top restaurants, Hector, with his dad’s backing, opened his own restaurant in 2003. Since then, without the help of a bank, Hector has added other restaurants to include: Cafe Ena, Rincon, La Fresca and the latest addition, Costa Blanca Bistro. This summer, Hector connected with MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association), a B-TAP Service Provider, and received assistance with purchasing equipment for Costa Blanca and is looking to complete a Mini-MBA course. Hector looks forward to growing his business which now includes his managers as part owners. In all, there are 80 employees who are more like family than staff.
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Last updated Oct 13, 2017