10 Questions With ... Juan Márquez of Carnicería La Cabaña


Juan Márquez, left, poses with his brother René and sister-in-law Claudia at Carnicería La Cabaña in Sunnyside last month. (NERI MEDRANO/For the Yakima Herald-Republic)

They run our favorite restaurants, prepare and serve the food and drinks we love and know what coffee we want before we say a single word.

Restaurant owners and managers, servers, chefs, cooks, bartenders and baristas throughout the Yakima Valley help us start and end our days and make life that much better in all the hours between. So we’re highlighting them in SCENE with 10 Questions With ..., a feature where we can help introduce them to the community.

Nominate your favorite food and coffee industry folks by emailing scene@yakimaherald.com with the words “10 Questions With” in the subject line.

“Experience is not enough to create something; it is necessary to have passion and love for the things we do,” says Juan Márquez, 45, the owner of La Cabaña Carnicería, a butcher shop in Sunnyside.

That passion for what he likes led him to open his business, where he offers fresh cuts of meat, in July 2012.

Located at 1602 Morgan Road, La Cabaña Carnicería is open from 8 a.m. at 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Call 509-836-0052.

■ How long have you been living in the Valley? Twelve years

■ Why did you decide to start your own company? I decided it was time to work for myself and my family.

■ What characteristics make your business unique? We offer our customers fresh cuts every day. Here you will find everything you are looking for.

■ How did you learn your trade? I learned it in Mexico. I have done this job for many years.

■ Has your business grown, maintained or decreased? It has grown.

■ Where are your customers from? Mostly from the Valley, but there are also customers from Seattle and Prosser.

■ What do you like to do when you are not working? Dedicate it to my family.

■ What do you like most about your work? I enjoy the trade of being a butcher, that’s what I like the most.

■ What other kind of work or business experience have you had? I was the manager of Sunnyside’s Fiesta Foods store for many years until I opened this business.

■ What advice or recommendation would you give to those who want to enter the business world? That with hard work and eagerness, everything can be achieved.

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