First, Virginia Palmer who I have not seen for over a year surprised me on the telephone, and the next day she showed up in my office with a beautiful “bundle of joy” seven weeks old.
Even though Virginia refused to let me know the name of her newborn — and I understand why the need for that mystery — I was very touched by the little girl’s beauty and the resemblance to her mother.
For those of you who are not familiar with the workings of the Las Vegas Tribune, let me explain who Virginia Palmer is.
Last year this newspaper hosted a great event at our office, Meet and Greet the Candidates, which was a success, and Virginia was instrumental in that success; she worked very hard and the event was the talk of the town for weeks after and for that we are grateful to Virginia Palmer — and Shawn Hines — who worked hard for the cause, with no pay.
Virginia Palmer left the newspaper right after that event and we never knew about her until she showed up with her seven-week-old baby. Welcome back Virginia!!!
The other blast from the past came, again, as a surprise. We were in the middle of Face The Tribune radio show when she showed up at the studio door. She looked familiar and she waived at me, but I did not recognize her because she looked rested and happy. Her name is Irma Aguirre and she is part of the management of the popular El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant on Main Street.
El Sombrero is one of the oldest restaurants in Las Vegas, and probably now is the oldest Mexican Restaurant in town since competition with the now defunct El Cholo on Las Vegas and Charleston Boulevard is no longer an issue.
El Sombrero is almost like an institution to the Mexican restaurant-going community, like the courthouse is to the legal
community in our city.
Not long ago before the previous owner let the place go, El Sombrero was the place to be, where one would see attorneys, judges and prosecutors alike meet for lunch.
EL Sombrero was opened 65 years ago by Clemente Griego who later passed the torch to another family member, whose name I can’t remember, but who was there with his wife at all times.
Maybe not now, but sixty years ago if you opened a restaurant outside of one of the hotels, you had better be good because the competition was very strong.
The hotel’s food was good and the prices were even better because owners were always hoping that after a good meal at a better price the customers would leave the “real price of the meals” on the gaming tables.
To remain open sixty years as a small restaurant you have to be good, and the best news is that that restaurant is in the hands of Irma Aguirre,who is a master at making miracles out of nothing.
Irma is a hard-working young lady that does not worry about getting her beautiful nails dirty to get the job done.
She is beautiful, she is elegant, she is a lady that is not afraid to work, and now she may have the right man next to her supporting her and rooting for her without competing with her and trying to get the credit for the work she does.
Irma, a political activist that fights for the best of our community and fights for the rights of others knows what the people at El Sombrero want; she knows what they like and she is not afraid to work.
I wish them both the best of luck and I am happy that two weeks ago she decided to cross the street and walk into my office after almost two years of my not seeing her.
I am not a culinary expert but I know how to eat; I don’t even know how to boil an egg, but I know how I like my eggs; I may not know the name of a good wine because I am not a drinker, but I know a good wine when I taste one and I know that Irma is as good in the culinary field as she is in the political field and soon rather than later she will be as famous in the restaurant business as any of the famous restaurateurs on the Strip. I know that it is not my style to write about soft issues, like a friend showing up at my doorstep with a seven-week old baby, or an old friend that is on her way to show the world that she is the one, showing to others the mistake they made when they were stupid enough to ignore her talent and her business mentality, but I have to do this because these two ladies deserve to have someone highlight their good qualities.
And now, changing the tune of this soft column, I would like to remind everyone that Monday, April 13, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt will be my guest on Face The Tribune radio show and I urge you all to listen to what Mr. Laxalt has to say because now we, Nevada residents, have a real Attorney General that will put Nevada on the
map again, the same way that his grandfather, former U.S. Senator, former Nevada Governor, Paul Laxalt did many years back.
I know that I am not supposed to get excited and a little egotistic announcing AG Laxalt’s appearance on my radio show, but I can’t help having lots of respect for the elder Laxalt; I now hope that the younger Adam Laxalt lets me keep this excitement during his time in office and will not disappoint me — and so far he is going down the
Remember, the date is Monday, April 13 at noon on radiotribune.com. You will be very happy to hear Attorney General Adam Laxalt speak to Nevadans and discuss topics for the benefit of the State of Nevada.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-868-NEWS (6397)