On either side of the entrance to Fiesta Acapulco, a Mexican restaurant in Newburgh, lies a message carved into a slab of stone. “Living our dreams,” it reads. The brand-new, 6,000-square-foot restaurant and packed parking lot testify to the success of owners Melvin and Blanca Ortez, who arrived in the United States years ago in search of the American dream. With a lakefront patio for outdoor dining, an expanded menu, a new Web site, and even a new name, Fiesta Acapulco — the couple’s fourth restaurant — opened in July.
November / December 2009
From celebrating the arts to helping children to feeding the hungry, so many charities in Evansville support worthy missions. People here have a tradition of responding to our community’s needs. Here’s our guide to doing good.
In early May 2009, a huge storm moved north from the Gulf of Mexico, knocking out power in southern Illinois and leaving Rodney Watson in a no-contact zone for days. Around the same time, the University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball program began a tumultuous summer when the then-University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball coach, Rick Herdes, resigned in the wake of alleged NCAA rule violations.