WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Guadalupe's Mexican Grill is named after Our Lady of Guadalupe. The patron saint of Mexico & all of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe is a unifying national symbol in Mexico. Over 80% of the Mexican population is Catholic, and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe can be seen throughout the country.
The Virgin Mary first appeared to a Mexican peasant named Juan Diego in 1531 in the Villa de Guadalupe, outside Mexico City. Appearing like him in Her appearance and dress and speaking to him in his native language Nahuatl, She asked for a church to be built at that site on Tepeyac Hill in Her honor. When the Archbishop of Mexico City refused to comply, the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego for a fourth time, instructing him to pick flowers on Tepeyac Hill to bring to the Bishop. Juan Diego went to Tepeyac Hill to find roses in full bloom in the cold month of December. He then carried the flowers back to town in his cloak, and when he dropped them on the floor before the Archbishop, the image of the Virgin Mary was on the fabric of his cloak.
Mary also appeared to Juan Diego's uncle, who was miraculously cured of illness on his deathbed, and told him that She should be called Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Juan Diego's cloak now hangs above the Altar of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It has miraculously maintained structural integrity for nearly 500 years. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was built in Her honor is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, with 20 million visitors each year.
If the name Juan Diego also sounds familiar, we've given a nod to Saint Juan Diego with our house-made San Juan Diego's Hot Sauce.
Our Lady of Guadalupe & Saint Juan Diego, pray for us!
The top of the pepper in the Guadalupe's Mexican Grill logo mimics the Mexican landscape where the Marian apparition took place, with the center peak
being Tepeyac Hill.
The pepper represents a crescent moon being backlit by the sun as referenced in Revelation 12:1
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet...
The pepper also signifies our fresh food
and scratch kitchen.