El Tiempo Cantina - Washington

Restaurant | Closed



    5602 Washington Avenue
    Houston, TX 77007 Washington Ave Rate and review

    Hours | Closed

    Mon11:00 am - 09:00 pm
    Tue11:00 am - 09:00 pm
    Wed11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Thu11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Fri11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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    Mama Ninfa Laurenzo
    As a young girl, Ninfa created delicious and unique Mexican food. She blended traditional Mexican family recipes with Italian traditions from her husband’s side. A year after getting married, Ninfa and Thomas Laurenzo moved to Texas to plant roots. They started a manufacturing company, Rio Grande Food Products. While this provided them with a modest income, their dream was to open a restaurant.



    In 1969, Thomas Laurenzo passed away, leaving behind a widowed mother of five children. Ninfa struggled against shrinking profits to keep the company going. As a family, they decided to close shop. This brought to life the dream of a Mexican restaurant. Ninfa introduced fajitas, as we know them and love them, in her restaurants in 1973. She became known to Houstonians as Mama Ninfa. Within ten years, Mama Ninfa’s Tex Mex restaurant expanded into a multi-million dollar business before going bankrupt in the late 1990s.

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