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Great Mexican Restaurants, Pomona Style

Owned and Operated by JML Mexican Restaurants, Inc.

Our story begins in 1977, when Jaime Lepe, at the young age of 23, purchased Tropical Mexico Restaurant with two of his brothers.  Despite Jaime’s young age, he had learned the essentials of running a business from working several years at his brother-in-law’s Mexican Restaurant in Brea, CA.  

Jaime and his brother Fidel were the ones in charge of managing their restaurant in Pomona. They worked long hours, and more often than not, would barely sell enough to cover their costs.  Nevertheless, they both had the dream of one day becoming successful business owners.

Unfortunately, Fidel never got to see his dream come true. In February 1982, there was an armed robbery, which ended Fidel’s life.  

This tragic event changed the course of Jaime's life.  Devastated at the loss of his brother, Jaime decided to lease the business and move back to Mexico. After spending a few months in Mexico, he returned to the United Sates.

Jaime and his soon-to-be mother-in-law acquired Mexico Lindo Restaurant in Pomona, CA. Shortly thereafter, Jaime got married.  Jaime and his mother-in-law jointly managed the restaurant for several years, however, they eventually parted ways, and Jaime became the sole owner.