Marta Vega, a native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, has long called Seattle home. Here, she’s worked with El Centro de la Raza and for POCAAN (People of Color Against AIDS Network), and for nearly 30 years has lent her expertise at the stove at community events. Then, early this month, “abuela” Marta did what she says she’s been wanting to do “forever.” She opened El Pilon, adding her native cuisine to the wide world of flavors that make her South Seattle neighborhood such a delicious melting-pot.
Today, with the help of her son Luis Vega — among other extended-family members — the beloved matriarch is running a 35-seat cafe at 5303 Rainier Avenue South, offering homestyle Puerto Rican comfort-food at lunch and dinner. Read more.
El Pilon is located at 5303 Rainier Avenue South in Hillman City. Photo/do communications