Molina’s Cantina marks 80th anniversary with a month of festivities

Molina’s Cantina, Houston’s oldest family-run and -operated Tex-Mex restaurant is marking its 80th anniversary with a month-long celebration at its three eating places starting June 1. Shown: Fajitas. Photo: Julie Soefer

Molina’s Cantina, Houston’s oldest family-owned and -operated Tex-Mex restaurant, is marking a milestone this month with a month’s price of specials.

Beginning at the moment, the restaurant, based in 1941, will mark its 80th anniversary with festivities persevering with via July 1, Molina’s Cantina Day, proclaimed 10 years in the past by Mayor Annise Parker. The month-long promotions (particular costs equivalent to 41-cent tacos, half-priced appetizers and entrees, free entrees to anybody born in 1941, and margarita specials) can be introduced through the restaurant’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. There additionally can be a particular honoring President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who had been followers of Molina’s.

“We are honored and humbled to have served so many over the previous 80 years and need to thank everybody who has supported us – our friends, our workers and our distributors – who’re actually our prolonged household,” stated Ricardo Molina, who alongside with his brothers Raul III and Roberto, are third-generation house owners. 

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In addition to the anniversary promotions, Molina’s is recognizing 10-long time workers members who’ve been with the restaurant for greater than 30 years every, together with Leonor Mendoza, who has been serving for 48 years (and was the devoted server for the Bushes once they dined at Molina’s). Special dedications are deliberate for these members of the Molina’s Cantina household.

In addition, events can be held at every of the three places from 5 to eight p.m. full with mariachi bands, margarita and beer specials, birthday cake, and giveaways: June 16 at Fulshear (6300 FM 1463); June 22 at 3801 Bellaire; and June 22 at 7901 Westheimer.

Molina’s Cantina’s historical past started in 1941 when Raul and Mary Molina who bought the Old Monterrey Restaurant on West Gray. They later bough the Mexico City Restaurant on South Main and renamed the enterprise in 1952. Today the restaurant is owned by brothers Raul III, Ricardo and Roberto Molina.

Greg Morago writes about meals for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him information ideas at [email protected] Hear him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to study Houston and Texas barbecue tradition.





  • Greg Morago

    Greg Morago was a options editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years earlier than becoming a member of the Houston Chronicle as meals editor in 2009. He writes about meals, eating places, spirits, journey, style and sweetness. He is a native Arizonan and member of the Pima tribe of the Gila River Indian Community.

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