by Kevin Ford

Across the Harbor, a slice of El Salvador.

East Boston, long a haven of diversity in a city that didn't always welcome it, is changing again. First it was the Irish, then the Italians. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, immigrants from El Salvador are among the Latin American immigrants putting their cultural stamp on the neighborhood. As merchants, restaurants, grocery stores and music shops of the Salvadorans are bringing a taste of home for a steady flow of newcomers while introducing old-timers to a new flavor and sound. As property owners, they are helping to improve real estate values and fueling a renaissance that is improving the fortune of this once neglected neighborhood. CONTINUE

Miguel Andrade-A real estate pioneer

Miguel Andrade was one of the earliest Salvadorans to come to Boston. After working as a cook in various Cambridge restaurants, he opened his own store in East Boston in 1990. In the last 13 years, he has bought three more properties and spearheaded a trend toward Salvadoran real estate investment. CONTINUE

Benevides' treasure

Ana Benevides had spent so much time in Cambridge serving American food, she'd forgotten what the people of her native El Salvador preferred. Moving her business to East Boston forced her to re-educate herself on the cuisine of her countrymen. The market she runs now has become a neighborhood institution, and has earned her a regular base of customers from both Latin and North America. CONTINUE

Achieving the American dream

Carlos Lopez came to East Boston looking for a better life. He found a job opportunity, a wife and the investment of a lifetime. Now he is expanding his restaurant operations, continuing his grueling work schedule in the hopes of giving his American-born daughters a brighter future. CONTINUE



- cumbia


- Topacio restaurant

- Exotic El Salvador

- The El Salvador flag in storefronts


- The web site of East Boston

- East Boston demographics from the Mauricio Gaston Institute [in .pdf]

- Info on the Salvadorian civil war

- The Salvadorian consular offices in Boston

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