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Salvador Serrano prepares meals from the lunch menu Monday at Azteca in downtown Willmar. Salvador owns the business with his wife, Guillerma. The couple’s son, Guillermo, is also involved in the business, taking menu items, like those seen below right, to Jennie-O and selling them to workers at the turkey producer’s Willmar plants.Tribune photos by Gary Miller

After two decades, family realizes dream of restaurant ownership in downtown Willmar

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WILLMAR — Guillermina and Salvador Serrano always wanted to own a restaurant, and last summer they got their chance.

In July, the couple purchased the former Los Primos in downtown Willmar. They named it Azteca.


The name is deeply symbolic for the Serranos and was used to honor their hard-working, resourceful ancestors — “The things that inspire us,” Guillermina Serrano said.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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