LATINO VOICES
11/14/2011 09:55 am ET Updated Nov 14, 2011

Rural Towns Across The Plains Revive As Latinos Move In, Reverse Demographic Trends

ULYSSES, Kan. -- Change can be unsettling in a small town. But not long ago in this quiet farming community, with its familiar skyline of grain elevators and church steeples, the owner of a new restaurant decided to acknowledge the community’s diversity by adding some less traditional items to her menu. Cheeseburgers. French fries. Chicken-fried steak.

"American food," the restaurant owner, Luz Gonzalez, calls it. And she signaled her move by giving her Mexican restaurant a distinctly American name: "The Down-Town Restaurant."

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