Cleveland's Most Interesting People For 2022
Mallorca owner Laurie Torres was honor by Cleveland Magazine for ranking on the publication’s list of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People For 2022. See the story below:
The Mallorca owner fought
through the pandemic
to support her employees
Why She’s Interesting:
Torres has fought tooth and nail to keep her restaurant, Mallorca, open despite the devastating effects of the pandemic — all while keeping her original staff. Through it all, she has kept a positive outlook. “I put on my badass chick pants, so to speak, and really made this work for the people that are here and their families.”
When people visit her restaurant, Torres treats them like guests in her home. “We’re not about fancy lights or fancy clothes … when you come here, you’re going to feel like you’re kind of at your grandmother’s house.”
Torres works double-duty as the president of Cleveland Independents, a group of locally owned operated restaurants. “If you don’t support them, then Cleveland will just look like a homogenized, pasteurized city that doesn’t have a personality.”
Words of Advice:
“The most important asset that you have as a human being is your empathy. Because empathy is the seed from which all good things grow. Compassion, passion, honesty, integrity — if you don’t have empathy, you can’t have any of those things.”
Mallorca has been thriving in Cleveland for 25 years.
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