"I think this restaurant is a life-saver for this town," said David Ross, a former Clendenin resident and customer at La Carreta. "I find Julio to be one of the most honest, forthright people I've ever met. He takes care of his customers. Every time we're here, we come up here and support him."
"I still wasn't sure up until a few days ago that I really wanted to do it," he told The Associated Press in a phone interview, "because it's something that makes me extremely nervous and uncomfortable.