Hungry customers eagerly waited for the doors to open Monday morning at the new Two Amigos Taqueria restaurant on Monroe Street.
Waxahachie Mayor Kevin Strength then cut the ribbon at the taqueria, officially ushering in a new chapter in the downtown business district.
Two Amigos has been a Waxahachie staple for more than 16 years, serving up its flavor of Mexican food.
Owner Rogelio Aguilar Sr. shared that he is excited about the future and what it holds for his family. He noted there had been a lot of people involved with the restaurant’s success.
“My wife is a big supporter, and she is an excellent cook. When we started it was just her and I. My son was 14 years old,” Aguilar Sr. said. “We have the dream and the motivation that you want to be successful in life. My wife, my son, and my two daughters have been my motivation. It is just a dream come true.”
Aguilar Sr. stated that building and growing the restaurant has been a labor of love over the years. He initially started in the restaurant business in San Antonio before making his way to Ellis County.
“When I was really young, I used to live in Dallas, and when I got married, I moved to San Antonio. I came back because I was looking for a small town and in San Antonio, there is a lot of competition,” Aguilar Sr. explained. “I used to have a restaurant in San Antonio. It was called Tios Mexican Restaurant. After Sept. 11 we were hurt pretty bad. There was a lot of military bases around the restaurant, and everyone was going in different directions with the war. A lot of people moved from the area, and the economy was not that good at the time.”
Aguilar stated that he came to Ellis County after searching for a location in several cities. He settled on Waxahachie because he wanted to start small. The place they decided on was at 212 W. Jefferson Street.
“The first year was kind of tough. I had my bills paid and everything, but it was a little slow. After a while, we started to get busy. After the first two years, business started growing,” Aguilar shared. “About five years ago we opened the other side of the building (on Jefferson Street). We have been very blessed.”
He noted that he and his family work hard to establish the restaurant’s reputation in the community with its quality service and food. He takes pride in offering the best from his kitchen.
Two Amigos is locally famous for its breakfast tacos and the giant burrito, which is created using a 12-inch tortilla. Those items will still be a stable on the menu, but there will be a few new additions such as the vegetarian enchiladas.
Aguilar Sr. stated he feels fortunate to be able to work alongside his family each day and have the support of his customers.
“It is a great feeling to have your family around you when you feel like you’re down,” Aguilar Sr. said. “The next thing you know they will pick you up, make you smile, and make your day.”
Aguilar Sr. noted family, staff, and the community share his excitement about this new chapter. People have called to congratulate him on this success and compliment the beautiful design of the building.
The idea for a new building came after Aguilar’s son, Rogelio "Shorty" Aguilar Jr, had a conversation with builder Chris Acker, who is constructing the new townhomes on Monroe Street. Shorty told his father that the location on Monroe would provide an excellent place for the future because of the future traffic from the Viaduct project, as it would be rerouted right by the restaurant.
Following the conversation, they spoke with Acker, the City of Waxahachie, and the Heritage Preservation Commission to receive the proper approval. Work started soon after those meetings — first with dirt work and then with the laying of the building’s foundation in October.
The new location is 2,000 square feet as compared to the Jefferson Street location that was only 1,200 square feet. The dining area previously had 14 tables, but now has 20 and an outside patio. The kitchen is more spacious providing ample room for employees to work without bumping into each other.
Shorty shared his father’s excitement about what this new chapter will mean for his family and the community. He noted that this new location would not have been possible without support from everyone.
“It has been a long time coming. It has been 17 years of hard work putting a lot of time and effort into this,” Shorty said. “We put into consideration the customer as well and without you all we could not have made this possible. The sky is the limit after this. Let's get this thing cracking.”
Customer Ben Cross, who was waiting for the doors to open, could not wait to get a peek inside to see what it had to offer.
“I have been a customer here ever since they opened up the first one. They just have good food, good service and are good people. Rogelio and Shorty make you feel like your welcome here,” Cross said. “I am very happy for them, and I wish them a lot of success."
Two Amigos Taqueria's new home is at 241 Monroe Street in downtown Waxahachie. It is open 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday –Saturday and closed Sunday.