Jorge Cueva aka Mr. Tempo currently is in a position few thought were possible. Jorge was born and raised in Guadalajara, the capital of the Mexican state, Jalisco. Times were very tough for him and his family growing up. Eventually, causing them to leave Mexico and immigrate illegally to the United States in 1992. At the time, Jorge was only 18 years old.
Jorge’s special journey into the restaurant industry began in Takoma, Washington DC at a restaurant called Montezuma’s. Not being able to speak English, Jorge’s first job came as a dishwasher. Slowly, he moved up the ranks, going from dishwasher to cook to manager and so on. Eventually, Jorge ended up going to college and obtained a degree in hotel-restaurant management. From there, with his schooling and previous work experience, he opened his very own restaurant in 1997.
There’s something to be said about Jorge’s drive and commitment to what he does, coming from the lowest of the low to now owning multiple restaurants in multiple countries. Jorge Cueva’s multi-brand restaurant company is set to have nine locations in the US and Mexico by the end of 2020. Once just an illegal immigrant, not being able to speak English, to starting as a dishwasher to now, an owner of nine restaurants, who would’ve thought.