In many ways, the story of Gloria’s embodies the American dream. Jose and Gloria Fuentes came to America from El Salvador to escape years of civil war and unrest. After meeting in Houston, they relocated to Dallas to work in a small Salvadorian restaurant owned by Gloria’s sister. A little over a year later, Gloria’s sister decided to give up the restaurant. However, despite having no previous experience running a restaurant, the entrepreneurial spirit and love of the culinary craft could not be contained and something very special happened. 30 years ago today, Gloria and Jose Fuentes officially registered Gloria’s with the Dallas County Court Clerk.
Under the Gloria’s name, rave reviews started coming in, and a loyal following of restaurant patrons soon developed. The intense passion shared by the Fuentes family for their food could not be denied. The amount of love put into every dish immediately resonated with the Dallas community. As the business and the Fuentes family grew, more locations would open. Today, Gloria’s is still family owned and operated. So here we stand now, 30 years later. 17 current Texas locations (with a few more in the works) and Gloria’s has come a long way from our humble and modest beginnings.
“The last 30 years have been full of sacrifices and achievements. We’ve met many incredible people along the way. Our restaurant patrons aren’t simply customers to us, they are family. It’s a great pleasure and honor to cook for them, but it’s an even greater honor to get to know them. Our hearts go into everything we do, and we’re thankful and blessed for all the years we’ve had. We look forward to spending many more years with you. Thank you all so very much.”
-Gloria Rubio Fuentes, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine
Gloria’s words ring true. After all, it wasn’t just our hard work and perseverance that got us to where we are today. It’s being openly welcomed into communities of people who share the same devotion we do to our establishment. Sharing these 30 years with every one of you has been an amazing journey, and we look forward to many more to come. To keep growing and to be a part of your lives means the world to us. We’re happy to share memories with you. So with that in mind, we just wanted to say thank you for the last 30 years and we look forward to the years ahead.
The photo used in this blog originally appeared in this article from the Cross Timbers Gazette.