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Published on March 17th, 2014 | by Nicol Jenkins


Tricks of the Trade- Fany Avila- Bartender, Server and Manager at T-Mex Cantina

Just as much as the overflowing margaritas, 2 for 1 Taco Tuesdays and laid back atmosphere are a staple at T-Mex Cantina, so is the warm demeanor and impeccable customer service from long-time employee Fany Avila.

For 15 years, the T-Mex Cantina staff led by Fany Avila have been delivering the best in Mexican cuisine in a fun and relaxed environment.

The Mexican restaurant and bar just celebrated their 15th Anniversary at their downtown Fort Lauderdale location- and it’s no surprise that they have been so successful in business. T-Mex Cantina is the perfect spot to unwind after a hard day’s work with a cold beer, margarita and tasty enchilada or taco while people watching or dining with friends.

And Fany Avila is the glue that keeps everything running smoothly each day. For 15 years, Fany has worn many hats from bartender to server and now Manager, making sure all her customers are enjoying their time and satisfied with their experience.

“I’m just myself. I make sure my customers feel like they are at their own house. I listen to them when they want to talk, and I leave them alone when they don’t want to talk,” said Fany.

Besides being able to read her customers’ body language, Fany also knows what makes her customers happy. Many regulars come in just to say hi and grab a drink with Fany, whom they have come to know as more than just a bartender but a good friend.

“As soon as my regulars walk in, I already have their drink ready for them,” she said.

Sometimes, she even has a nickname for them… (Many of her regulars are known soley by a nickname she’s created for them!)

That’s why she started in the hospitality industry and why she’s remained in the business. She’s a ‘people person’. Her love for hospitality actually began while working in her mother’s restaurant and then her stepfather’s grocery store, chopping tomatoes and then never looking back.

“I’ve worked a nine to five job in an office but I left because I need to be around people,” said Fany.

The same can be said about how her customers feel about her.

“After a long day’s work, when I come to T-Mex and see Fany, she always make me smile and feel at home,” said regular Jeff Jenkins.

“She makes me feel like family, no matter how long it’s been since I’ve seen her. She makes me laugh and I always have a great time when she’s behind the bar,” added long-time customer Jen Hull.

Her regulars, T-Mex family and owner, Chuck, will keep her at T-Mex for many years to come.

“I work there because of Chuck, the owner. He is the nicest person I have ever met. He is my family, and I would do anything for him,” said Fany.

Come visit Fany and see for yourself! T-Mex Cantina is located at 204 SW 2 Street, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-463-2003. You can also visit




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