Mr. Soltero is on the diversity board team for the Kent school district and is a member of OLE, an organization that helps Hispanic families with housing difficulties and school concerns. In addition, he is also very involved in the Liga Hispana, the largest soccer league in the state of Washington.

As for the Mr. Solteros brothers and sisters, many of them have moved on and opened their own restaurant. "I guess we're just a restaurant type of family", Exequiel says. And Mayas is a family type of restaurant.

Even with his newly found success Exequiel never forgot his family or where he came from. At one time or another all of his 9 sisters and 3 brothers worked side by side to create that family feeling that Mayas has now established.

Looking to continue his education and helping his family at home. From a small town on the southwest border of Mexico, Exequiel brought to the U.S. his hopes, energy, and his dream of one day sharing homemade Mexican dishes in his own restaurant. He realized that success did not come easy; it would take sacrifice and patience. To fulfill this dream Exequiel slowly climbed the restaurant food chain. He started out working as a dishwasher, and then was able to get some hours as a busboy, and then in less than a year, he got the chance to work as a waiter. With hard work and determination, Exequiel had saved enough money to open his own restaurant.

In the fall of 1979, Exequiel opened the first Mayas Mexican Restaurant in Rainier Valley. The original restaurant, a hole in the wall is how Exequiel refers to it, was 850 square feet including the kitchen and had only 9 tables. Although small, it attracted a lot of business from local residents who enjoyed the food and the warm friendly atmosphere that it provided.


Today, Maya's Family Mexican Restaurant has continues to serve loyal customers as well as brand new ones. Maya's is also very involved with the local communities and committed to the effort of giving back.

The company is doing a strong step, the catering service, We are the only Mexican company able to provide a professional large scale catering service and also small with a continued commitment to bring customers the best Mexican food experience at a very competitive price.


LOCATION: 9447 Rainier Ave S Seattle WA 98118

PHONE: (206) 725-5510