Probably 40% of the population of San Miguel de Allende are expats. When we first got here, we had the window of our car rolled down and we noticed that people were talking in English. We went down a little further and there were some more people speaking in English.
95% of the people who come to my restaurant here in San Miguel are either Americans or Canadians who live here. There are also Europeans, Chinese, and a whole bunch of other nationalities.
I was building the restaurant and some guy walked in and said, “I can’t wait for you to open it because I’ll be one of your clients. Now I am retired.”
I asked him what he used to do. “I was the one who set up the bands for the Rolling Stones.”
You will never know who comes here. Johnny Depp pops in here. He has houses here, too. There is even a well known US government official who lives here. There was a woman at my restaurant recently who used to sing on Broadway for 25 years.
San Miguel is an interesting place to be. If you’re visiting, you’ll never know what is behind a door, and if you own a business, you’ll never know who’s going to come in your door.
We were sitting on the terrace recently having coffee and somebody said, “Hey look at this guy. He was in the band Santana.” Also just recently, the producer of Santana came to my restaurant to check it out. There is a lot of big names that come to San Miguel.
(Johnny Depp [on the far left] in the movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico shot in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.)