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Small Business Spotlight: Don Mario's

This week’s Small Business Spotlight... a local restaurant in Owensboro that was started by a family who wanted to give their city a taste of their home cooking, Don Mario's.

Posted: Sep 9, 2021 5:44 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2021 6:41 PM

This week’s Small Business Spotlight... a local restaurant in Owensboro that was started by a family who wanted to give their city a taste of their home cooking, Don Mario's.

Don Mario’s sits in the heart of downtown Owensboro and is ran by the effervescent Oralis Rodillas, who was born just outside of Cancun, and after nearly 20 years of living in Owensboro, she wanted to give the city a taste of her hometown.

“We wanted to bring our home seasoning and our home cooked meals to everyone’s plate," said Rodilla, owner of Don Mario's.

The restaurant opening a year ago and immediately finding success, thanks to the workers in the back following some decades old recipes.

“One of our main meats that we use from our tacos is my grandmother’s recipe," said Rodilla. "It literally came from my grandmother, but, instead of making it in a small pot, we’re making it in huge pots.”

Oralis spoke with 44News about what makes her food stand apart from the rest.

“The biggest difference between us and our restaurants is our freshness," said Rodilla. "Everything is made to the day, every single morning, everything. It’s hard work, because the guys get here really early, and they work super hard.”

Rodilla says she’s so happy to see her business succeeding so quickly. Her restaurant already winning numerous awards, and she’s so happy that her restaurant has found a home in the barbecue capital of Kentucky.

“You can feel the love between us and owensboro, so I really appreciate it. It means a lot to me and my family, my dad, and my staff to see how much people care, so I thank you Owensboro for all of your help.”

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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