I know many of you waiting for the reopening of Matt’s Rancho Martinez are anxious and getting antsy pants. I checked in with general manager Patrick Johnson and he says they are shooting for mid-July.
You may remember Matt’s lease expired in February and the landlord chose to replace Matt’s with a Mi Cocina. (cue Joni). The Martinez family, which has been in the business of Tex-Mex for six generations, decided to relocate nearby (1904 Skillman Ave.). A move that is not surprising: The formidable Martinez family business began in 1925 when they opened their first restaurant, El Original, in Austin. Matt Martinez Sr. established El Rancho in Austin in 1952. In 1985 his son Matt Martinez Jr. and his wife Estella moved to Dallas and launched a Tex-Mex revolution at Matt’s Rancho Martinez in Lakewood. Sadly, Matt Martinez Jr. passed away in March, 2009. He was one of the finest and most creative chefs in the city. Now Matt Jr. and Estelle’s son, Matt Martinez III, is the chef at Matt’s Rancho Martinez. And he and his staff will be back in business in mid-July.
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