It takes a lot to keep a restaurant in business for 25 years, and if the doors have stayed opened for that long, you know they must be cooking something good.
Here in Fort Stockton, the Mi Casita restaurant at 405 E. Dickinson will reach its 25-year anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, and is eager to celebrate with the community and travelers alike.
The small-town restaurant provides a small-town comfort for all who dine-in. A warm bowl of tortilla chips paired with salsa is promptly brought to each table. In the dining area, the murals on the wall take you to Old Mexico, while a complimentary cup of sherbet is served at the end of your meal – on the house.
Famous for its spicy green enchiladas and “Abuelo's special,” Mi Casita attracts both local and out-of-town regulars. Online, Mi Casita maintains the highest ratings on websites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. Locally, Mi Casita has won numerous “Best of Pecos County” awards consecutively from 2010 to 2017, with the plaques wrapping around over half of the restaurant's dining area.
The Mi Casita restaurant has received a handful of upgrades over the last 25 years. In its current condition, the building is now red-orange and yields a new sign. The restaurant's parking lot has recently been repaved, and an outdoor space has been added for customers who have pets or just want to relax outside.
Mi Casita's Mexican food is made fresh daily, with fresh and authentic ingredients. Behind every good restaurant is a good cook and at Mi Casita, the owner, Adonna Gonzalez, has her sleeves rolled up and is preparing food in the kitchen.
With a cook's head wrap on her head, she rings the bell to signal that a hot plate is ready to be carried off to a table. Keeping quality control and consistency at the forefront of her business, no plate leaves the kitchen without the approval of Gonzalez or her mother.
Reflecting on the restaurant's prestigious milestone, Gonzalez shifts all the credit to her family.
“My 25 years of success were not accomplished single-handedly,” began Gonzalez. “It all started with my dad, Abe, seeing an entrepreneur in me, and making it both possible and easy for me to start Mi Casita. My mother, Alicia, has always helped with the cooking, assisted anywhere she is needed, and she is still my bookkeeper to this very day. Abby, my sister, is my manager, and she's also a fabulous waitress. She has been there, along with my mother, ever since the day I first opened. I couldn't have done it without them.”
Elaborating on the family-oriented business, she continued, “My other sister, Anna, helped wait tables since she was very young and all through college until she moved to San Antonio. She still shows up from time to time to work with us and she does a lot of PR for me. My brother, Abe, helped during his school years, but after joining Morgan Stanley he became my financial advisor. My husband, Michael, has been so supportive and has taken an interest in the restaurant. He added the outdoor area and did all the landscaping. He has helped in the dining area and takes care of so many 'honey-dos’ for Mi Casita.”
With a smile, Gonzalez said, “The way I see it, I am blessed because my family is involved in Mi Casita, and it's a part of them too. Even my niece, Sierra, and my nephews Kevin and Landen lend a helping hand. I feel that my employees are the best in Fort Stockton. I have a hard-working, dependable, loyal, and trustworthy staff. They care about the success of Mi Casita, they care about me and are always willing to go the extra mile. They are my second family and that's another blessing. My grandfather, Eliborio would be proud that Mi Casita has reached its 25 anniversary. I feel honored to be able to use my grandfather's recipes and to have had him by our side at the restaurant for many years. He taught me a lot.”
Concluding with one last word of appreciation, she added, “I am so thankful for the blessing of my business, my family, my employees, and, most of all, my customers. Without them, our doors wouldn't be open.”
In celebration of its 25-year Anniversary, Mi Casita will be serving free margaritas every night Tuesday through Friday. They will also host free drawings for gift certificates and free meals throughout the week. Mi Casita is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with evening hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Swing on by to join in on the week-long celebration.