Francisco Figueroa refused to sit still following his retirement after 34 years of teaching Spanish.
Instead, he opted to bring the flavor of his heritage to the community he served as a teacher.
Figueroa and his wife Edna opened Don Paco, which features Mexican cuisine. Located on South Florida Street in Buckhannon, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m to 9:30 p.m. Friday; 2 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Francisco Figueroa, with scissors, is joined by his restaurant staff and members of the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce Monday to cut the ribbon in honor of the opening of Don Paco, a restaurant on South Florida Street in Buckhannon that features Mexican cuisine.
Figueroa chose the name Don Paco, saying "Don" is a term of respect in his native Puerto Rico and "Paco" is a nickname of his.
The restaurant has been open for just a short time, but Figueroa said he is already gathering a loyal following.
"The cooks make the food very delicious," he said. "The customers tell me, 'Wow! That was so good,' and they come back again."
The restaurant employs 14 workers and can be reached at 304-460-2348.