Multiple Layers: Lori Reich Rowe Runs Little Onion Mexican Restaurants

Photograph by Emily J. Davis


Lori Reich Rowe owns Little Onion Mexican Restaurant—started by her father in 1963—which recently opened an Irvine location.

➜ “I’m extremely proud of my father’s legacy and passion to offer authentic dishes made from scratch with fresh ingredients, and I appreciate his tenacity—he never gave up.”

➜ “Growing up, I was a picky eater and I only liked cheese enchiladas, which I actually still love today. Our enchilada sauce is so delicious.”

➜ “My greatest talent is connecting with people. I’m also a huge multitasker and am constantly problem-solving. Running a restaurant is like putting together a Broadway play every night. You can’t let your emotions get the best of you.”

➜ “I grew up in Tustin, so Orange County is (in) my roots. This, for me, was a no-brainer. My vision was to take the success (of the Santa Ana location) and step it up a notch.”

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Read more about Little Onion’s new location.

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