El Chico Restaurant is a 100% minority-owned business, local and authentic, with a focus on cleanliness, good food, and good service. They specialize in Mexican and American authentic dishes. El Chico’s story began in 1926 when Adelaida Cuellar’s homemade tamales drew crowds at a county fair outside of Dallas, Texas. They named the restaurant El Chico, and it quickly became a Dallas tradition. It was not long before restaurants were being built throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and eventually, the entire state. El Chico Restaurant made its opening debut in Abilene, Texas in 1979 in the Mall of Abilene. The young and rebellious 14-year-old Cesar Rangel dropped out of high school and joined El Chico’s working staff and unknowingly would begin to build his future.