By Randi Ewing
This article originally appeared in the bilingual publication La Voz de Kentucky. Grab a copy.
This past July, when simply sitting in the shade would make you sweat, Maria Hernandez was happily working in the tiny, boiling kitchen at the back of her restaurant, La Cocina de Maria. The restaurant, located on North Broadway and consisting of little more than an enclosed kitchen with tables and chairs set up outside, is aptly named. It is Maria’s kitchen. It is also the result of a dream that sprang from years of doing what she loved.
“When I arrived here, I never thought about having a restaurant. I simply cooked,” says Maria, who moved to Kentucky 18 years ago.