Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), announced Ki’ Mexico Restaurant of Shreveport La. to be Small Business of the Week, and will be submitting it into the official Congressional Record.
“Offering flexibility and connectivity with their communities, small businesses create unique pathways to achieving the American Dream,” said Vitter. “Rodrigo Mondragon has fostered a successful business built on the traditional dishes of his childhood, with great enthusiasm and support from the Shreveport-Bossier community, by utilizing start-up resources available in Northwest Louisiana. Congratulations to the Mondragon family and Ki’ Mexico for being selected as Small Business of the Week. I look forward to seeing your continued success and sampling your famous tacos.”
In 2010 in an effort to connect to their hometown roots of Puebla, Mexico, Rodrigo Mondragon and his family began selling their homemade salsas and tacos at the Shreveport Farmer’s Market. Often selling out of their traditional eats hours before the Market closed, Mondragon knew he had a hit. Ki’ Mexico’s popularity and menu quickly grew into a well-loved “pop-up” business, or a business who utilizes a variety of underused spaces in unique ways.
Utilizing a rent-by-the-hour commercial kitchen at Shreveport’s popular business incubator, Cohab, Ki’ Mexico continued to grow, catering to crowds at festivals and special events across the Shreveport-Bossier City area. In September, Ki’ Mexico opened their first permanent location on Gilbert Drive in Shreveport.
As SBC Chairman, Vitter continues the tradition of honoring America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.