PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- When Adelo Ramirez started Los Gemelos, a Port Chester restaurant and tortilleria, he dreamed of selling his handmade, authentic tortillas in the big supermarket chains.
That was 13 years ago. Today, thanks in part to the Westchester County Executive’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise program, Ramirez’ dream is one step closer to reality, according to a statement from the office of the County Executive.
This spring, Ramirez sat down with Jim Coleman, MWBE liaison officer, to get his help on how to grow the sales of Los Gemelos soft shell corn tortillas, a release said. Ramirez’ previous success included serving large event venues, such as CitiField in Queens, Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York and Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., but his food store distribution had been limited to local bodegas and small grocery stores.
Coleman was able to get Ramirez a meeting with White Plains based Krasdale Foods, one of the major grocery wholesale food retailers in the New York City Metropolitan area, according to the press release. The meeting resulted in Los Gemelos tortillas contracting for distribution in 12 C-Town supermarkets throughout the Westchester, Connecticut and New York City area.
“We needed a big break,” Ramirez said in a statement. “I really have to thank (County Executive Robert) Astorino’s team. They not only set up the meeting, they helped prepare me for the meeting, and they went with me. I’m really thankful for how invested they are in my success.”
In addition to his success with his tortilla business, Ramirez opened a second restaurant, serving grilled and rotisserie chicken, called Pollos Al Carbon, also in Port Chester, last month.
“I am so proud of Adelo,” Astorino said in the statement. “There are many creative and hard working entrepreneurs in Westchester. Sometimes they just need to be connected to the right people at the right time.”