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March 25th Post

March 25, 2010


Hello Again!  Well, it has been ONE YEAR since the fire.  It is hard for us to believe that it has been a full year since fire devastated Little Mexico but, 365 days have indeed passed.  As we go through our daily activities we reflect on what a strange year it has been.  The phone calls notifying us that there was a fire, standing there helplessly and watching as it burned, the months of waiting while investigators tried to determine the cause and then watching the contractors rebuild us.  The anticipation as re-opening day approached and the nervousness as to whether we were really ready after our long hiatus.  And finally, the incredible response from our wonderful customers who made us feel welcome back in such record setting numbers!  Below we have put a few photos of THEN and NOW.  We look forward to the next year with a much brighter spirit and, we hope to see all of you many times in the coming months.  Thank all of you again for your support and prayers.  See you soon!

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February 15th Post

February 16, 2010


Hello everyone

Sorry it has been such a long time since we posted.  We have been staying very busy and we have all of you to thank for that.  We can not believe how wonderful the response has been to our re-opening after the fire!  It seems that every day we are hearing from our customers that it is their first visit back since the re-opening.  We are extremely thankful for every single person that visits and, we hope that all of them enjoy the experience!  We have been taking carry out orders again if you walk in or come to the carry out window.  We hope to have the phones turned on for phone in orders within the next couple of weeks.  Things will truly be back to normal when that happens!  The photos we have for you this time include the wedding rehearsal dinner of one of our ex-employees that worked for us when she was in high school several years ago.  We were delighted and honored that she chose to celebrate with us!  There are also a few pics of the recent snow event here in Palestine.  Our customers that night started a snowball fight in the front parking lot!  What a rare and pretty sight, though it proved to be short lived, and caused some problematic driving conditions the next morning!


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Here are the Bride To Be and one of her best friends when they worked for us in 2003 and Today!  Not much has changed! 

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                        THEN                                               NOW


Now a few snow pictures!

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Our employees just could not resist going outside!

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Well, that’s all for now!   As always, if you have a special event that we can help with or publish for you, just let us know!  Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read this!  We hope to see you again soon!

January 16th Post

January 16, 2010


Hello again!  Well, it has been quite a while since our last post.  As you know, if you have had an opportunity to visit, we are still very busy.  It is beginning to slow down somewhat though.  The big news is that we are now taking to go orders if you are in the restaurant.  We hope to be able to take orders over the phone by the beginning of the month.  The recent sub freezing temperatures put a real test on the new insulation and heating systems and everything worked well.  We did find a few air leaks around some of the windows but, they were re-caulked and that solved the problem.  Every week there are people coming in for their first visit since the re-opening and remarking on the great job that our contractors did.  We think so also!  If you have not been in yet because of long waiting times, now is your opportunity!  The waiting times have decreased dramatically now and, between 2:30pm and 4pm most days there will be no waiting!  As promised, below you will find photos taken between Christmas and New Year’s day of one family’s visit from their son who was home on leave from the Middle East.  We were glad we could be open and be a part of their holidays!



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If you have a family event that we can help you celebrate, we are happy to oblige!  Just let us know and we will gladly post it for everyone to enjoy!  Until next time, we look forward to seeing you and serving your Mexican food needs!

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!

November 21st Post

November 21, 2009



Hello everyone!  We finally got a few hours to give you an update and post a few random photos from opening day.  There are even a few cell phone pics in here!  We are so very thankful and humbled by the response from our extended community that words cannot express our gratitude.  We hoped that people would have patience with this long process and that, when we opened, they would still come back.  We NEVER could have expected the response that we got!  We love all of you and are so very grateful for your support, thoughts, and prayers throughout our time of rebuild.  This week has been literally like finding long lost family members!  As time permits in the coming weeks we plan to post a “contractor page” so you will know who we thank for the incredible rebuild job that has been done.  We also want to acknowledge the terrific job done by our local firefighters and the professionalism and cooperation of our city government and officials.  We again want to remind you so that you can plan accordingly that, we WILL NOT be closing down for the holidays this year.  We will be closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and, New Years day only!  Hope you enjoy the photos and have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving day !


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We look forward to seeing you soon !!!!!!

November 18th Post

November 18, 2009



Will post photos and more later when we get time.  Welcome back!

November 13th Post

November 13, 2009


Hello hungry folks!  Well, Friday the 13th has come and gone and it was certainly not unlucky for Little Mexico!  We have had a very productive week this week and today we took possession of the keys.  We are drawing ever closer to the goal line!  Below is a synopsis and a few photo highlights of the week just to tease you.  We have been so busy that there are not very many photos this week.  It won’t be long though and you will be able to see for your self!

Monday November 9th

We begin to receive deliveries of supplies for the first time since March 25th.  First items to arrive are the various hardware items like pans and utensils, glasses and plates.  Mrs. Janet Staples begins applying the wall art that will help to decorate the inside of the building.


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Supplies begin arriving and are checked in…..looking good!

Tuesday November 10th

Supplies continue to arrive while finishing touches are applied to almost every nook and cranny of the building.  Brandon’s office in the kitchen is a focal point of activity as the computers and video equipment arrive and are hooked up all while we are trying to assemble his desk. (at one point there are six people in his 8 x 10 office)  Later in the day and, late into the evening, employees are coming by to practice on the computer system.  The washer and dryer are hooked up but, no one seems to know how to operate them!  Mrs. Staples continues to paint in the relative quiet of the waiting area.

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This all looks like “Mission Control”…..Maybe we will launch a taco


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Wednesday November 11th

We are saddened by the fact that this is the first Veteran’s Day that we have missed in many years.  It has been our pleasure to serve vets a free meal  on Veteran’s day for so long and, we really regret that we could not be there for them this year.  We ask that everyone take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice of so many that guard our freedom and our way of life.  At the restaurant, the final building inspection goes off without any problem!


Thursday November 12th

We spend the day moving the steel shelving that we salvaged from the fire back to the restaurant and into the storeroom because, more deliveries are on the way for tomorrow morning and, we still have not unpacked and put away the items from earlier in the week.  Mrs. Staples begins painting the mural on the back wall of the dining area.


Friday November 13th

Well, we have possession of all of the keys!  Brandon spends a long time in class learning how to operate “Mission Control”.  Coke installs brand new shiny coke machines.  Delivery trucks are lined up in a holding pattern reminiscent of DFW airport on the Friday before Christmas and the shelves are filling up, all of the computers are actually communicating with one another, “punch out” and trim work continues all over the building, the phones are all ringing off the wall, and late in the day you see Paul Harris leaning against a table with his hands in his pockets!  Guess he couldn’t find his golf clubs!  All of this means we are getting REALLY REALLY close!  They even re-stripe the parking lot just before dark.

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We have decided NOT to decide on an opening date!  There is a lot of training and practice still to be done before we open to the public.  The best guess is, that we WILL be open within the next ten days.  If you call and, we answer the phone, better pack up the car!  We are so excited that the time is almost here!  We are really looking forward to seeing all of you again and, we are so thankful for your patience and understanding throughout this long dry spell.  We will continue to keep the blog updated through the opening and, as customers arrive, you may even see yourself on here! 


November 8th Post

November 8, 2009


Hello again!  Well, this has been a busy week!  Equipment has arrived, supplies have been ordered, carpet has been laid, and we have had employee meetings.  We are getting really close to opening day now!

Tuesday November 3rd

After the electricity was turned on yesterday, we spent most of today cleaning furniture and placing it in it’s proper place.  Randy Mannix spent his day making sure that all of the lights worked. (They ALL did!)  What a terrific wiring job he has done!  The convection oven that we use to cook the individual plates of food arrives and is uncrated, the washer and dryer arrive, the ice machines are installed, stainless steel fabrication continues in the kitchen.

Wednesday November 4th

We have the first of our employee meetings.  It is great to see all of our employees back together for the first time since the fire and view their reactions to the rebuilt restaurant.  We believe that we will get most of the employees back that were here before the fire so, if you have a favorite, most likely they will again be available to help you!

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Thursday November 5th

Lightfoot Carpet One begins to lay the carpeting in the waiting area and host area.  It is starting to look like home again.  The convection oven is put in place and hooked to the gas supply.  The gas was turned on yesterday.  Later today we hope to have the plumbers here to purge and test the gas supply so that we can fire up the oven and begin testing the equipment.  Brandon, Phyllis and Gary are in Tyler completing the programming of the new computers.  We hope to have the system in the building for the employees to practice on by tomorrow.

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Friday November 6th

The oven works!  That means that, when we get food here, we can cook it!  (we plan to place orders later today for the first of the  supplies)  Brandon brings one of the computer terminals back from Tyler and the employees begin to practice entering orders.  We continue cleaning and placing furniture in the newly carpeted areas.  Wow! It really is beginning to LOOK ready to go!  Phyllis and Gary plan to spend the weekend decorating!

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Next week Mrs. Staples begins painting the mural on the back wall, we continue landscaping outside, final touch-up continues inside, the kitchen should be complete, and the employees will continue practicing on the computer system that is scheduled to be installed before week’s end.  We hope to get the first supply deliveries by the end of the week.  We know you are all getting hungry.  Please hold on because it is getting down to a matter of DAYS now, instead of WEEKS! 


WE will see you soon!

November 2nd Special Post

November 2, 2009



On The Two Hundred Twenty Third Day TXU Said:


And there was light!



Not long after that, the furniture started to come home!

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Yes, it is very dusty but we can clean it up quick enough.  It just looks good to have it in the building again!  We wanted to post this quick update because, it has been a great Monday and, anyone driving by this evening and seeing the lights on might think we were open already.  Shouldn’t be long now!

Thanks for stopping by the blog to check on us.  If your friends missed it you now have one up on them.  See you later in the week!