2201 N. Commerce St. - 1935
Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant began on July 4, 1935 when Mr. and Mrs. Garcia opened their restaurant in this small home on Commerce Street. The home only seated sixteen when it opened. Over the years, the restaurant expanded by adding a new dining room or a new patio. The current seating capacity is over 1,000 and the business has expanded cover the entire block along Commerce Street. The restaurant has also expanded into the next block to the south which includes Esperanza's Mexican Bakery over on North Main and NE 22nd, and La Puertita, which is an old church directly across 22nd Street from the main entrance to the restaurant. Esperanza's also has a second location at 1109 Hemphill Street.