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Marco, Jinette, and Edmundo Meraz of Republica Empanada on Family and Mesa

Marco, Jinette and Edmundo Meraz Owners and chef Republica Empanada

This is part one of our interview with the Meraz family, the folks behind Republica Empanada, the Latin American eatery that opened in downtown Mesa in June. Owners Jinette (she's also the chef) and Edmundo join their son Marco, who serves as general manager, to talk about why they chose the midcentury building in downtown Mesa and how much the city has changed during the past four decades. Be sure to come back Tuesday for part two, when Marco tells the story about how Chris Bianco inspired him to open his own restaurant.

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Lauren Saria
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