Centerville opens doors for a local entrepreneur

Posted on October 17, 2017

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Armed with community feedback, business surveys, business planning assistance from the Centerville Development Corporation, and a desire for more dining options in Centerville, a core team of people in the community were able to identify, approach and encourage a local entrepreneur to open a restaurant in the town’s recently vacated cafe.

Maria Martinez had moved to Centerville with her husband Juan after he took a position at a local dairy operation, and a lot of people knew about her culinary talents and restaurant experience. Maria opened “Maria’s Restaurant” on September 28, 2017, to a packed house and rave reviews.

Some of Centerville’s local business men and women were among the first able to try the food. Chamber of Commerce and Rotary members, volunteer firemen, along with a City Council member all joined other various local employees from businesses in Centerville for the noon buffet that featured a variety of items to sample.

The feedback was pretty unanimous — “It’s authentic and its delicious!” Many were excited to try the food they had been hearing so much about for so long. And the wait was worth it. Maria’s did not disappoint!

Maria Martinez, owner and head cook, along with her husband Juan, came to this area of South Dakota when Dakota Plains Dairy opened outside of Centerville. Juan works out at the large milking operation northeast of town while Maria had been working at a cleaning company in Tea until things started to fall into place for her to give the restaurant idea a try in Centerville. Maria has experience working at other restaurants in various states, but this is her first time owning and managing one on her own. She is very excited about the opportunity!

“Centerville is very excited too! With the authenticity of Maria’s, the restaurant should be a draw for people in surrounding communities as well,” says Jared Hybertson, Executive Director of Centerville Economic Development Corporation. “We hope Maria’s becomes a staple on Broadway Avenue for years to come.”

If you are traveling near Centerville, be sure to treat yourself to some authentic Mexican cuisine while supporting another great rural entrepreneur success story.

Provecho! (translated “Bon appétit!”)




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