Oral History Archive | Iconic Restaurant

Zentner’s Daughter

Betty Zentner was working in a department store in 1974 when she was presented with the opportunity to open Zentner’s Daughter, her San Angelo restaurant. By then, the Zentner name was well known in West Texas because Betty's father, John Zentner (1899-1994), opened a number of popular steakhouses...

Joe T. Garcia’s

On July 4, 1935, Joe T. & Jessie Garcia opened Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in part of their home in Fort Worth, Texas. Upon opening, the tiny house had a maximum seating capacity of sixteen. The Garcias served their famous enchiladas in the front room while they slowly expanded their home o...

Blue Bonnet Cafe

This Marble Falls landmark originally opened on Main Street in 1929, and was moved to its current location on Highway 281 in 1946. Upon relocating, the restaurant failed once and changed ownership four times before John and Belinda Kemper bought it in 1981. The restaurant is widely known for its pie...

Matt’s El Rancho

Matt and Janie Martinez opened Matt’s El Rancho on July 7, 1952, in Austin, Texas on Cesar Chavez Street. In December 1986, Matt’s El Rancho moved to their current location on South Lamar Blvd. Janie and her three daughters still run the family-owned business, which celebrated its 60-year annive...