He comes to the restaurant every Friday night for cultural events like Latin dancing and bluegrass music night.
Sanchez came to Durham 15 years ago when a friend said he would be able to find a good job in the Triangle.
He is just one of many in a wave of Latino newcomers to North Carolina
U.S. Census information indicates that the Latino population in Orange County grew from 1,279 to 4,342 between 1990 and 2000 -- a 239 percent increase.
North Carolina saw a 439.9 percent increase of Latinos in the past decade.
The effects of this influx can be seen throughout the Triangle.
In Carrboro, where 12 percent of the population is Spanish-speaking, community officials have instigated a push for cultural and educational programs to help integrate the influx of almost 2,000 Latinos into the community.
Local service organizations also started El Centro Latino, a nonprofit resource center for Latinos.
"Report after report from the local Latino task force, Los Ninos and by Orange County said there was a need for such a center," said John Herrera, a newly elected Carrboro alderman who is the first first-generation Latino immigrant to hold a municipal government position in North Carolina.