Made Here: Tortillas, two miles high

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 3:48pm
By Ashley Akin
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Stacks of tortillas shelved at La Hacienda Tortilleria on Nolensville Road (Eric England/SouthComm)


If you stacked up all of the tortillas La Hacienda made in 2011, the pile would be as tall as the Empire State Building … seven times over.

Carlos Yepez, a Mexican immigrant, started La Hacienda Taqueria with his wife after moving from Santa Ana, Calif., to Nashville in 1992.

“We started out with a six-stool taco stand that eventually grew into the full-service restaurant that you see today,” said Yepez. The Nolensville Road eatery now seats 130 people, with many coming in to shop in the attached Hispanic market as well as eat.

The restaurant is also the test kitchen for the La Hacienda Tortilleria plant, which earns $5 million annually and services more than 500 accounts in six Southern states. While they do have plans to move to a larger manufacturing plant in Nashville in the next two years, Yepez says the taqueria and market are still the heart of the local Hispanic community.

“At the end of the day, Nashville is our home,” says Yepez. “[And it’s the same] with our business.”

4 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/18/12 at 6:47

La Hacienda is the best! The food is awesome and the family who runs it are sweet as can be.

By: BNAsteve on 10/18/12 at 7:51

My family loves Mexican food and we eat at Mexican restaurants all the time. We once had dinner at the La Hacienda on Nolensville Road. When we went to pay I noticed two items on the check that we didn't order or receive. Mistakes are understandable, so I pointed it out to the server. She said we had ordered and received the items. I said that we hadn't and she very reluctantly took one item off the check. I had to go to the register to try to have the other item removed. The cashier or manager called the server over and they talked in Spanish while looking at me. The cashier informed me that the server said I had ordered the remaining item. I politely insisted that both items were not ordered. She very angrily removed the second item from the check.

Bottom line is if that's how customers are treated by not one but two employees, we will never dine at another La Hacienda. There's plenty of other Mexican restaurants who don't accuse customers of lying.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/18/12 at 9:22

I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I've been going there since it was just a lunch counter and I never had a problem. Hopefully you'll give them one more try. The food is worth it!

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