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Genaro Villa

Hackney's

Genaro Villa immigrated to the United States from Mexico 19 years ago.  Starting as a dishwasher, he worked his way up through the restaurant industry. Realizing he possessed a true love and skill of the kitchen, he put himself through the culinary program at St. Augustine College. Villa has been a major contributor and operator in the three Chicago-based Flaco's Tacos restaurants.  He currently runs Hackney's restaurant in Chicago and has earned the 74 year-old family restaurant chain numerous awards for the Hackney burger.  Villa was involved with the creation of the Inside-Out Burger which was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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