On Wednesday, May 23, local officials and representatives of both the Florida and Warwick Valley Chambers of Commerce joined co-owner Ruben Godenez and his staff to celebrate the fifth anniversary of El Azteca II Mexican restaurant at 117 South Main St. in the Village of Florida. From left, Florida Mayor James Pawliczek, Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce Board Member Caryn Burke, Warwick Chamber Executive Director Michael Johndrow, co-owner Ruben Godenez, Florida Chamber of Commerce President James Mezzetti, Stephanie Sweeton, representing U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth, and Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton.

Local officials and representatives of both the Florida and Warwick Valley Chambers of Commerce joined co-owner Ruben Godenez and his staff on May 23 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of El Azteca II Mexican restaurant at 117 South Main St. in the Village of Florida. Co-owner Lino Morales was away on an errand in preparation for another celebration at the restaurant that evening.Stephanie Sweeton, on behalf of U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth, presented an official certificate of recognition for the important milestone.

When he first opened El Azteca II in 2007, Godenez explained that local patrons no longer had to travel to Middletown for great Mexican cuisine.

His other restaurant, the original El Azteca, is at 146 North St. in Middletown.

Godinez, a native of Mexico, has lived in the United States, mostly in this area, for 27 years. He and his wife, Fannie, have three children ages seven to 17.

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