Archive for December, 2009

December 21st Post

December 21, 2009


Hello readers!  Well, it has been a long dry spell!  We are sorry to be so long between posts but, if you have visited, you know how wonderfully busy we have been.  This post ,as promised, has photos of kids in p.j.s after riding “THE POLAR EXPRESS” at the Texas State Railroad.  We also had a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and there are photos of delighted kids to show you.  This post also represents a significant change for us.  For so many months we have been keeping you updated on the rebuilding progress and the re-opening.  We will now shift gears to highlight our customers and events in our community that involve Little Mexico.  We will try to keep it interesting and fun though we probably will not be posting as often.  As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions and, we hope to see all of you in person as often as possible!  Here then are the photos from our favorite time of year.  We wish all of you the Very Merriest Christmas and a blessed new year.

Just a quick reminder:  We will NOT be closing for the holidays so bring your family members to enjoy some non-turkey with us!  We will only be closed on Christmas day and New Years day and we are closing after lunch on Christmas eve.


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For more information on THE POLAR EXPRESS visit their website here:

Now “Santa’s Visit”

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December 1st Post

December 1, 2009

Hello everyone!  Well, it has been two weeks since we re-opened and they have been the most incredible two weeks we have ever experienced!  Thanks to all of our wonderful customers, we have SHATTERED all existing records!  Our collective nightmare was that, when we re-opened, no one would come.  That fear has been more than allayed.  We are soooooo very thankful that you, our customers, have had patience with us throughout this arduous rebuilding process.  We hope that those of you who have already visited have had the dining experience you remember and that, those of you yet to visit, will find us to be what you expected.

Now, as promised, in no particular order, here are the people that we have to thank for the excellent rebuild job!



Paul Harris

Our general contractor

Trust us when we say that there is no job too big or small!  His standard is nothing less than PERFECT!  What a Great guy to work with.  If you need something built or remodeled, you can find NO ONE that will do a better job and get it done on time!

Drew Wommack


Mr. Wommack created the copious number of blueprints necessary for the rebuild.  Whether you simply need an elevation drawing or a complete set of prints with millimeter precision, Drew will hook you up!

McCloud Construction

Steel contractor

Don and his team of welders can build ANYTHING you need made from steel!

Turbyfill Machine Shop

Barry Bedre and the crew at Turbyfill will create whatever you can dream up!

Twitchell Masonry

If you need a wall repaired or built or any other concrete block or brick needs, Mike is the guy you want!

Cooper Plastering

If you want the very best in stucco or exterior plastering, including custom color matching, contact Ross Wilson.

Carlos Lara Painting

All of the furniture refinishing as well as ALL of the interior and exterior painting including wood and metal painting was handled by the man we referred to as “Paladin” a reference to the character from the old show: Have Gun Will Travel.  He truly is the fastest gun in the west!


Lightfoot Carpet One

Duane and his crew not only handled all of our flooring needs (including floor tile in our great new bathrooms) but, also did ALL of the tile work including the walls of the bathrooms.

Cooper Plumbing

Jerry and Gerald Cooper handled all of the complex re-plumbing needed to install the new equipment as well as re-install the fixtures and sinks when the walls went back up.  Great Job!

No leaks!

Custom Crete

Gary Keener is the man to call if you are trying to salvage concrete that is worn and tired or, if you just want a new look!  He offers a variety of methods for refinishing and refurbishing old concrete or custom coloring new concrete slabs.


J.P. Mannix Electric

What can we say except: SUPER!  If you have followed the blog all these months, you already know how many hours Randy and Pat devoted to this job and have seen photos of the top quality work that they did for us.  For any electrical contracting needs, don’t hesitate to call them.

Randy Mannix

Low voltage and custom stereo, pa, and phone systems.  If you need a PBX system for your office or, just want your t.v. sound to play all over your house and yard, Randy’s the guy to call.  He and Jim Thornell will hook you up!


Lightfoot A/C and Refrigeration

Al Lightfoot and his team of professional refrigeration technicians will be able to take care of ANY cooling needs that you may have from high volume commercial A/C to giant walk-in coolers to your home a/c repair.  you can count on a job done right when you call them.

Vaughn Construction

Concrete contractor

Call Terry Vaughn for all your concrete needs big or small.


Rudd Contracting

Ken Rudd and his crew designed and constructed all of the miles of piping needed to build the fire sprinkler system installed at Little Mexico.  If you want to STOP it from burning:  Call these guys!

East Texas Alarm Company

Contractors for security and fire alarm systems.

J.W. Reneau Roofing

Contractors for our new energy efficient and maintenance free membrane roofing system!

Kirby Restaurant Supply

Contractors for all of our new kitchen equipment, vent-a-hoods, stainless steel sheathing, dishwashing equipment, and most of our small wares.

Grazziano Roofing

Contractors for the Spanish clay tile roofing that looks so nice on the roof above the porch and the roofs above the back doors.

Garland Insulation

Contractors for the high efficiency and fireproof foam insulation.  They do houses too!

East Texas Fire and Safety

Fire suppression systems for your business or home.  These guys installed the high tech fire suppression systems above all of the kitchen vent-a-hoods at Little Mexico as well as providing portable fire extinguishers throughout the building.

Doug Baker

All of the taping and bedding and texturing done in the dining rooms and kitchen area was done lickety split by these guys!  If you need to get a wall ready for paint, contact them!

Mike and Roger Hamby

Two of the most creative and professional carpenters we have ever met!  They are truly artists with a tape measure, saw, and hammer(or nailgun).  If you followed the blog, you saw many pictures of their efforts.  The results speak for themselves!

Texas Cash Register

TCR provided Little Mexico’s new ALOHA order entry and tracking computer system that will expedite your orders from the server through the kitchen and to the table.  They also handle video surveillance systems.  Whatever your business needs, retail or point of sale, Steve, Ryan, Wayne, and Anthony at Texas Cash Register have you covered!

We have come to the end of the official list but, we cannot fail to mention the work of Janet Staples who is responsible for the repainting of the murals on the back walls.  Our customers have commented over and over these past two weeks about how great it is to see the paintings on the walls.  Though the originals were destroyed in the fire, Mrs. Staples has done a wonderful job of creating  new ones to grace our dining rooms for generations to come.  We are thankful to have found such a talented artist to help us out!  We also must again thank our friends at 5J Trucking for their invaluable help both in the de-construction and re-construction of Little Mexico.  We sincerely apologize if we have left anyone out.  Rest assured that we appreciate the contributions of EVERY individual and company that played a part in getting our doors back open!  This includes our local suppliers such as Braly Builders Supply, McCoys Building Materials, and Lowe’s!  Whenever possible, we and our contractors tried to purchase locally.

In Later Posts:

Santa Pays a visit to Little Mexico, photos of kids in their p.j.s after riding the Polar Express.

See you soon!