In Marianna, charred framing and ash are all that remain of the family owned Mexican restaurant, El Rio. The building burned to the ground on February 10th but with support of an entire county the restaurant is up and running in a new location.
Ivan and Nicholette Cortes awoke to their family business in flames; they were without renters insurance, a restaurant and a plan for the future. According to Nicholette, the Cortes family cried for a day, then they had to move on, and move on they did. The community rallied together donating over $15,000 to the local restaurant.
Then a location on Optimist Rd. in Marianna was offered to the family. No deposit required, two months rent free and the building was equipped with kitchen necessities.
In only one month's time the restaurant opened to booming success.
According to El Rio Owner, Nicholette, this was all made possible because of the community's aid and love, "Good people will help you. No matter what you do no matter what happens to you, as long as you don't give up, you can do anything."
The Cortes family thanks all who have supported them and El Rio is now insured.