Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016

DALLAS – January 20, 2016 – WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for wedding catering in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Abuelo’s DFW catering division. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning merchants such as Abuelo’s who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Abuelo’s is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 400,000 wedding professionals globally.

“Abuelo’s is proud to be one of the top wedding caterers in the DFW area in the WeddingWire Network. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire,” said Adrian Ramos, Abuelo’s Catering Director. “We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016.”

For more information on Abuelo’s catering in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, please email catering-dfw@abuelos.com or visit the Abuelo’s WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/abuelos-mexican-restaurant-irving/b8191154f4fba06a.html.

To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.
About Abuelo’s

Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in a true Mexican courtyard atmosphere. Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant and as one of America’s top overall restaurant chains in three consecutive biennial surveys by a leading national consumer rating magazine. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International in Lubbock Texas, the company currently has 40 full-service restaurants located in 14 states, and a fast casual Abuelo’s Taqueria, located in Lubbock, Texas. For more information, visit www.abuelos.com or Abuelo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Abuelos.

 

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New Abuelo’s in The Colony Holds Grand Opening Charity Event

Grand Opening Event, February 8, to Benefit Mended Little Hearts of Dallas

LUBBOCK, Texas – Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant, which recently opened in The Colony at the Village at 121 at 5733 State Highway 121, is hosting a Grand Opening fundraising event on Monday, February 8, to benefit Mended Little Hearts of Dallas. The restaurant will donate 50 percent of all sales, all day, to Mended Little Hearts, a support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease.  Print

Additionally, The Colony Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the restaurant’s opening.

“We are excited to bring Abuelo’s to The Colony and we look forward to being an active part of this growing community,” said Andy Krage, general manager of The Colony Abuelo’s. “We’re also thrilled to be able to benefit such an outstanding organization as Mended Little Hearts. They do such great work and are an incredible support system for parents of children with heart issues. We hope everyone will come out and help raise funds for their organization.”

The new Abuelo’s features approximately 7,700-square-feet of interior space. It also features a natural light skylight over an interior courtyard and seats approximately 220 guests. The restaurant’s interior is designed as an open-air Mexican courtyard with hand-painted artwork adorning the walls, greenery and traditional statuary throughout.

Abuelo’s, which has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, is famous for its creative, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, superior service and affordable prices. Abuelo’s menu selections combine authentic standards with the rich, subtle flavors of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine. Abuelo’s House Specialties, which combine beef tenderloin, fresh shrimp, Barramundi, salmon and other top-quality ingredients with unique, homemade sauces and side dishes, have earned a reputation for “raising the bar” of Mexican food restaurants. The menu also features an impressive selection of fire-grilled fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, chile rellenos, quesadillas and tamales. Desserts include Abuelo’s award-winning traditional Mexican flan, Dulce de Leche cheesecake and Margarita pie with tequila cream sauce, among others.

The Abuelo’s restaurant in The Colony is the company’s 40th site nationwide and the 5th Abuelo’s location in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. For more information, call (214) 618-0788. Also, get the latest news on Abuelo’s events and promotions by becoming a fan of The Colony Abuelo’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AbuelosTheColony/.

About Abuelo’s

Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in a true Mexican courtyard atmosphere. Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant and as one of America’s top overall restaurant chains in three consecutive biennial surveys by a leading national consumer rating magazine. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International in Lubbock Texas, the company currently has 40 full-service restaurants located in 14 states, and a fast casual Abuelo’s Taqueria, located in Lubbock, Texas. For more information, visit www.abuelos.com or Abuelo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Abuelos.

About Mended Little Hearts

Mended Little Hearts plays a significant role in the lives of families with children diagnosed with CHDs. Through its support group meetings, health education to communities, advocacy for policy and one-on-one visits from parents who have endured the same journey, the organization provides answers for families learning their child will receive a life-saving medical device or procedure. Mended Little Hearts is a program of The Mended Hearts Inc., a non-profit, volunteer-based organization providing hope, help and healing to heart patients and their families since 1951.

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Abuelo’s Grand Opening in Tyler Raised $5,000 for CASA for Kids of East Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas – Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant’s recent grand opening in Tyler raised ­­­­$5,000 to benefit CASA for Kids of East Texas, a non-profit agency that advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in Smith, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

The new Abuelo’s restaurant, located at The Village of Cumberland Park at 8926 South Broadway, raised funds through proceeds from sales during the restaurant’s pre-opening training services, as well as through donations from employees and guests.

“We raised a significant amount of money for a very deserving charity and had a lot of fun in the process,” said Mike Wright, general manager of Abuelo’s Tyler restaurant. “The local community showed wonderful support for CASA for Kids of East Texas, which was awesome. We are thrilled to be able to benefit this outstanding organization that does such great work for children.”

“CASA is happy to accept this wonderful donation from Abuelo’s,” said Michelle McConnell, development director of CASA for Kids of East Texas. “This money will be used to recruit, train and supervise additional volunteer advocates who will speak in court for abused and/or neglected children who have been removed from their homes. Our vision is to provide a volunteer advocate for every child who needs one.  We thank Abuelo’s for helping us get a little closer to fulfilling our vision.”

About Abuelo’s

Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in an impressive Mexican courtyard-themed atmosphere. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International of Lubbock, Texas, Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant and as one of America’s top overall restaurant chains in three consecutive biennial surveys by a leading national consumer rating magazine. The company currently has 40 restaurants located in 14 states, and a fast casual Abuelo’s Taqueria, located in Lubbock, Texas. One additional location is currently under construction in The Colony, Texas, with plans to open in January 2016. For more information, visit www.abuelos.com or Abuelo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Abuelos.

Tyler, TX Abuelo's raised $5,000 for CASA for Kids East Texas.

Pictured left to right:  Bob Westbrook, board chairman of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce; Kevin Burdette, board chair of CASA for Kids of East Texas; Abuelo’s Executive Chef Luis Sanchez; Abuelo’s Regional Partner Pete Stovall; and Abuelo’s Tyler General Manager Mike Wright.

 

Abuelo’s Veteran’s Day “Queso for Heroes” Benefits Military Heroes

$1 from every Chile con Queso appetizer sold November 7-11 will be donated to Homes for Our Troops

LUBBOCK, Texas – In honor of Veteran’s Day, Abuelo’s Mexican restaurants are pleased to support Homes for Our Troops and invites guests to enjoy Chile con Queso for a good cause during its “Queso for Heroes” fundraiser. Starting Saturday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 11, Abuelo’s restaurants nationwide will donate $1 from the proceeds of every Chile con Queso appetizer sold to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.

“We are proud and honored to support Homes for Our Troops’ efforts to help those brave men and women who protect our freedom,” said Robert Lin, president of Food Concepts International, Abuelo’s parent company. “Homes for Our Troops is a great organization and we look forward to giving back to our heroes this Veteran’s Day weekend.”

Currently, Abuelo’s has 39 restaurants located in 14 states across the nation. To find an Abuelo’s location near you, visit http://www.abuelos.com/locations.

About Abuelo’s

Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in an impressive Mexican courtyard-themed atmosphere. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International of Lubbock, Texas, Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant and as one of America’s top overall restaurant chains in three consecutive biennial surveys by a leading national consumer rating magazine. The company currently has 39 restaurants located in 14 states, and a fast casual Abuelo’s Taqueria, located in Lubbock, Texas. Two additional locations are currently under construction in Tyler and The Colony, Texas, with plans to open in November 2015. For more information, visit www.abuelos.com or Abuelo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Abuelos.

About Homes for Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its founding in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to HFOT has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives http://www.hfotusa.org/.

For information on how to get involved please contact Community Fundraising Coordinator Monica Sweeney at msweeney@hfotusa.org

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant Brings the Flavor of Mexico to Tyler

Abuelo’s to open at The Village at Cumberland Park, November 9

LUBBOCK, Texas – Lubbock-based Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants, known for its classical Mexican style and top-quality cuisine, will open its first restaurant in Tyler on Monday,

November 9. The restaurant, located at The Village at Cumberland Park at 8926 S. Broadway Ave., is the company’s 40th site nationwide.

The new Abuelo’s restaurant will feature approximately 7,700-square-feet of interior space and will include a 1,000-square-foot outdoor, trellised patio. It will also feature a natural light skylight over an interior courtyard. The restaurant will seat approximately 250 guests and will employ between 80-100 employees.

“We designed Abuelo’s to have a gracious, yet friendly environment that’s compatible with our authentic, creative dishes,” said Mike Wright, Abuelo’s general manager in Tyler. “We are excited to bring our unique Mexican concept to Tyler and we look forward to being an active part of the community.”

Abuelo’s pre-opening training services will raise funds to benefit CASA for Kids of East Texas, a non-profit agency that advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in Smith, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

On opening day, November 9, the Tyler Chamber of Commerce will host a grand opening ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. Additionally on opening day, the first 100 guests who are seated beginning at 11 a.m., will receive a special  “Savor the Flavor of Mexico” calendar that includes offers for free items monthly for the next 14 months. The calendar offers are valued at more than $200.

Abuelo’s, which has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, is famous for its creative, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, superior service and affordable prices. Abuelo’s menu selections combine authentic standards with the rich, subtle flavors of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine. Abuelo’s House Specialties, which combine beef tenderloin, fresh shrimp, Barramundi, salmon and other top-quality ingredients with unique, homemade sauces and side dishes, have earned a reputation for “raising the bar” of Mexican food restaurants. The menu also features an impressive selection of fire-grilled fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, chile rellenos, quesadillas and tamales. Desserts include Abuelo’s award-winning traditional Mexican flan, Dulce de Leche cheesecake and Margarita pie with tequila cream sauce, among others.

Abuelo’s also features a number of signature drinks including the La Grandeza Margarita, an award-winning Margarita recipe made with Gran Gala and served on the rocks or frozen; the El Jimador Platinum Margarita, a smooth, premium handmade Margarita with El Jimador Silver tequila and Agavero Orange; the 1800 Hand-Shaken Margarita, a custom built and hand-shaken Margarita featuring 1800 Reposado tequila that is served in a personal shaker; plus many others.  Abuelo’s signature Sangria Swirl, a favorite among guests, features frozen Sangria swirled with frozen La Grandeza Margarita.

“Our theme is ‘beyond Tex-Mex,’” added Robert Lin, president of Food Concepts International, Abuelo’s parent company.  “At Abuelo’s, our goal is to offer our guests an opportunity to experience the diverse and distinct flavors of Mexico in a beautiful setting with superior service at a great value.”

Meals at Abuelo’s are reasonably priced, with dinner costs of $7.99 to $24.99 and lunch costs of $7.29 to $13.29. All major credit cards are accepted. Restaurant hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call (903) 581-2611. Also, get the latest news on these and other events and promotions by becoming a fan of Abuelo’s Tyler Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AbuelosTylerTX.

About Abuelo’s

Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in a true Mexican courtyard atmosphere. Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant and as one of America’s top overall restaurant chains in three consecutive biennial surveys by a leading national consumer rating magazine. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International in Lubbock Texas, the company currently has 40 full-serve restaurants located in 14 states, and a fast casual Abuelo’s Taqueria, located in Lubbock, Texas. An additional location is currently under construction in The Colony, Texas, with plans to open in January 2015. For more information, visit www.abuelos.com or Abuelo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Abuelos.