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Isla Verde Is Bringing Puerto Rican Food and Culture to an Unlikely Suburb

Posted on AllSides June 12th, 2024

After decades of dreaming and saving their money, Jose Rivera and his wife, Karen Reyes, debuted Isla Verde in Parker, bringing Puerto Rican flavors and culture to the suburb — which isn't exactly known for having a diverse dining scene.Both Rivera and Reyes were born and raised in Puerto Rico and came from families with food ventures of their own. Reyes grew up helping her grandmother run a dessert and pastry catering business in Coamo, Puerto Rico, while Rivera worked at his father’s beachfront restaurant as a chef and server...

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