One Monticello Life: Frank LizarragaJanuary 7th, 2007 by Carolyn
Frank grew up in Mazatlin, Sinaloa, Mexico. His father worked in the transportation business. His mother was a busy housewife, with three sons and eight daughters. Frank was the second oldest. He was schooled in Mazatlin and went to college in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He has an accounting degree from the University of Guadalajara.
After graduating he worked for Rooster Products of Mexico in the accounting department. However, life changed for Frank five years ago when his friend, Gustavo, told him abuot the new Mexican restaurant that was to open in Monticello, Arkansas. Frank decided to join the group on their adventure to America to start Ameca.
Ameca has 12 employees. The group branched off a year ago to open La Palacio Restaurant in Warren. The staff in Warren numbers 10. All of the Ameca and La Palacio staff are friends and/or family from Mexico.
Frank is single and has one sister that lives her in Monticello. The rest of his family lives in Mexico. He keeps up with them through monthly phone calls. Two years ago, he was able to travel home to visit for a month.
"The people, the city, and the money," Frank says is what he likes most about living in Monticello.
When Frank is not working, he enjoys an Ameca burrito and a Mountain Dew. Frank’s contagious smile and fun nature are a big part of the Ameca experience. With Ameca being an integral part of the city of Monticello these days, Frank Lizarraga is deservingly, one Monticello life.