We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica & Monique Jainarain and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Monica & Monique, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Wanting to become an entrepreneur and break the chain of working for others.

What should our readers know about your business?
MFEMPANADAS is a business my twin sister and I started up after a brief trip to Atlanta. While in Atlanta we experienced so many wonderful black owned businesses and it inspired us to start our own business. We wanted to do something that we knew we were good at and passionate about. So we decided that our business would be creating empanadas. Our empanadas are filled with quality ingredients. These are not your typical empanadas. We offer quality flavors such as steak and cheese, coconut curry shrimp and ox tail to name a few. One of the things we are most proud of is being able to work so closely with one another on some thing we are both very passionate about together. MFEMPANADAS is still very much a work in progress. We have so much work to do and we are excited for what is to come for our business. Our business has been so successful in Boston that we decided to relocate to Houston this past summer. It was a big risk for us leaving everything back home in the East Coast but Houston has been extremely welcoming to us and MFEMPANADAS.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’re still very new to Houston but definitely hitting up Midtown, downtown and Westheimer. We would definitely visit places like Kamp, the lost and found and cloud nine to name a few.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The city of Atlanta for showcasing so many talented black business owners.




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