Milagros Mexican food restaurant is a family business. Sarah and I work in the kitchen and dining room, and the kids are involved in some way.
We started the business in the fall of 2010. There were a lot of folks who advised us not to open because the economy was in such poor shape. We had already been through many business disappointments, so it was not an easy decision to make.
However, we decide to pick ourselves up… move forward with determination and hard work. Our budget was on a shoe string and our kids were young and we didn’t want to leave them at home under the care of someone else. We came up with a plan.
When I was on shift, Sarah was home with the kids, and when she was at Milagros, I handled the kids at home. Sometimes it was necessary for us to be at the restaurant at the same time…. so we packed up the kids and took them along.
In the beginning, the twins, Crash and Lexi, were only four years old so they were unable to participate in the business. They used to watch videos or color pictures in the office. We kept Jackson Danger busy doing this and that but soon he fell into his role of week-end entertainer.
Over two years later, you will find the Toumistos together on week-ends, enjoying the action and rewards of working together at our family Mexican restaurant, Milagros.
Lexi, not six, is a hostess/waitress, and busser. Where ever the action is, she likes to be in the middle of it. She dresses in her work attire, which is a Milagros shirt, black pants and a clean white apron, and gets down to business.
Lexi greets guests with a big smile and leads them to their table. She picks up the extra silverware from the table, and makes sure everyone is comfortable. If there is not enough silver on the table, she brings the napkins, and properly lays the silver in place. She’s a real pro.
Crash, also six, is a true kitchen guy. He loves the load noises, the hot ovens and fast pace of working in the kitchen.
Crash dons his kitchen attire and gets to work. Crash’s favorite job is garnishing the chimichangas. He adds the lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. He’s an excellent help in the kitchen.
Jackson Danger entertains most Friday and Saturday nights. He moves from table to table, playing his hard earned Gibson acoustic guitar.
He sings songs from the 60s and 70s, which include: “Althea” by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, “Blue Car” by Greg Brown, and “Never Surf Again” by Dan Reeder… just to name a few.
Our business has really grown in the last 2 1/2 years. We gain new friends every week and we look forward to seeing the faces of our loyal customers come through the door. Thank You!
P.S. Life is good at Milagros Mexican food restaurant. Sarah and I are proud of our kids and their willingness to participate in our family business. We work hard together and we also play hard together.
P.P.S. Here is a little treat for you. Jackson Danger and his coach, LowellBlue, playing and singing “Blue Car” by Greg Brown. Enjoy!