Josefina Howard was born in to Spanish parents who were involved in the arts. She lived in Spain, and fled the country with her mother during the Spanish Civil War after her father, who opposed Franco, was killed. Josefina and her family eventually made their way to New York, where she finished school, studied interior design, then married an American, Charles Howard. Josefina returned to Cuba, then to Mexico City, where she started an interior decorating business and gradually became interested in, then fascinated by the food of Mexico. In 1984, Josefina opened Rosa Mexicano on First Avenue near 58th Street in New York. Her knowledge of regional Mexican cuisine and her dedication to providing genuine flavors and tastes quickly made the restaurant a destination for lovers of Mexican cooking.
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