The Story of Vasquez Restaurant
Mr. Jesus Vasquez
Mrs. Margarita Vasquez
The story of Vasquez Restaurant starts with Jesus Vasquez immigrating to the United States of America in 1884 where he dreamed of a better life. Margarita Luna was born in Uvalde on May 23, 1889 to Refugio Luna and Maria Escobedo, themselves immigrants from Mexico.
In 1912 Jesus and Margarita wed. They had a large traditional Mexican family of 12. They strived for a better life for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren, too. Jesus was a carpenter by trade but also played the fiddle and violin. Margarita held the traditional matriarchal role of raising their children and being supportive of Jesus. They built their life together. As the years passed, they were able to save up and purchase land in West Uvalde.
With a large family it was natural for Margarita to become quite the cook. She dreamed of one day opening her own restaurant. One that would provide fresh, made-to-order food prepared with the best ingredients the same way she did for her children, grandchildren, and her guests.
In 1935, during the Great Depression and certainly against the odds, her dream became a reality. Her restaurant opened on May 6th, 1935 in the 100 block of E. Main and was called the Tejas Café. Since Margarita did not drive, she would walk to her restaurant every morning at 5am with her trusty kerosene lamp through the monte (woods) to get to the other side of Uvalde. She did this after her 12th child had been born and who was less than 2 years old. In 1938, the café was renamed the Carta Blanca Café.
In 1942, Mr. and Mrs. Vasquez relocated the café to 601 W. Main Street and renamed it Vasquez. Over the years, her children and their children had their part in the restaurant’s operation and success. In August, 1952, the couple retired. In 1962, Vasquez Restaurant moved to 1900 N. Park Street while construction of a new building at 601 W. Main Street began. After 6 years of work, the grand opening of the new building was held on July 12, 1968, where operations continue today.
On behalf of our entire family, past and present, we thank you for choosing us. May God continue to bless this family with good health and great cooking skills, and may God bless all who walk through our doors with a healthy appetite.
Welcome home. Welcome to Vasquez.