Exterior of the home of Mr. Martin Sanchez and his family, adjacent to the Tio’s Tacos restaurant at 3948 Mission Ave. in Riverside, California
Mr. Hanan Levin, world-famous principal of “The Great Team” and writer-extraordinaire of Grow-a-Brain. We were Mr. Levin’s guests that day, and we were quite grateful that he brought us there. He had visited once before in search of ceviche and found more than he had bargained for.
Sanchez came to the United States in 1984. He struggled at first, selling oranges in East Los Angeles, working in factories and making extra money by selling tacos. He became a legal resident during the 1986 federal amnesty.
In 1992, Sanchez quit factory work and persuaded the owner of a Mexican seafood restaurant to let him sell tacos out of a corner of the establishment. Eventually, he raised enough money to buy the place.
Now, he lives in the house next door with his wife, Concepcion Sanchez, 38, and three daughters: Stephanie, 16, Kimberly, 12, and Maiten, 1.
Again, a detail of Mr. Sanchez’ generous use of water features throughout the complex.
All art by Martin Sanchez. All photos by Marlow Harris and JoDavid.