Diedra and Jason met when they were both working in the restaurant business in Ruidoso at age 19. Owning their own restaurant was just like any other food industry professional’s dream.
Diedra, a teacher of the sixth-grade English at Sarracino Middle School and a swimming coach for students in Socorro for years, was working in salad prepping and Jason was working as a dishwasher.
Since then Jason has worked in restaurants from Oregon to Florida. He worked as Cattle Baron’s district kitchen manager for 10 years.
Jason said he enjoyed cooking the variety of foods in different locations he worked.
“I like cooking, and if it makes people happy then it’s a bonus,” he said. “You just have to do something that makes you happy when you go to work every day.”
Jason was working for K-Bob’s when it closed a few weeks ago. The decision for the two to stay in Socorro or leave became imminent. “Do we stay or do we leave?” Diedra asked in retrospect. “That’s where we were, and we had this in the works. We’re staying. We love Socorro.”
“We’ve hit so many brick walls along the way trying to get this done,” Diedra said. “When we came to this location, we said ‘This is it.’”
Just as couples do, owners Diedra and Jason Vinson had to work out their contrasting visions of the restaurant. By combining upscale and casual ideas, the name of the restaurant was born. “The name just feels good,” Diedra said. “You can’t stay angry when you say ‘Let’s go eat at YO MAMA'S.’”
The couple moved from Las Cruces and Carrizozo until they eventually made it to Socorro, where they've been since 2003.
Jason and Diedra have two chilren. Derrick, a member or the United States Coast Guard and graduate of New Mexico State University, and Jordan, a Swim instructor and graduate of New Mexico State University.
Article Courtesy of Eric Heinz, El Defensor-Chieftain
Jason and Diedra Vinson