The family behind Houston Tex-Mex chain Cyclone Anaya’s is back in business with a new restaurant. Ricardo Valencia and his sister, Vienna Valencia Bement, recently opened Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage.
Located at 2009 West 34th Street in Oak Forest, the restaurant faces the siblings’ alma mater, Waltrip High School. The Valencias grew up in the neighborhood, and this restaurant is a testament to their rich family history.
While Ricardo was battling cancer in 2017, the Valencia family sold all of their restaurants except for Cyclone Anaya’s Austin Domain location. Now recovered, Ricardo has incorporated the Austin restaurant’s unique architecture and traditional family dishes into Valenica’s Tex-Mex Garage.
To comply with Texas’ current COVID-19 regulations, the spacious, 4,500-square-foot restaurant is limited to 75 percent capacity for its indoor dining with 100 percent allowed on its patio.
Rustic garage doors connect the patio to the interior to create a cozy, homey feeling at Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage. Classic sugar skulls line the wall, adding a pop of color to the space.
Celebrating the family’s history, there’s an entire wall of memorabilia dedicated to the Valencia’s high school days, which attracts many old friends. “I can’t even tell you how many people I’ve seen in the last week that I haven’t seen in 30 years,” Ricardo tells PaperCity. “I’m talking five, six times a day.”
The big outdoor patio is perfect dog owners, bike…