El Zarape Mexican Restaurant in Garden City Kansas since 1967

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HISTORY of El Zarape Mexican Food Restaurant

Phyllis and Manuel Garcia Sr. established El Zarape in 1967. Phyllis overcame great obstacles to realize a life long dream of being an independent entrepreneur, with pots and pans from her own kitchen, which she had used to nurture ten children and a husband.

To say Phyllis was a risk taker is an understatement. She had no education, business experience or financing. Mexican food was generally unknown in western Kansas, but she instinctively felt that the public palate was ready. Along with her eldest daughter Lupe, and family members, they began what was to become a family legacy. Eventually, most of her children and grandchildren, and now great grandchildren, have taken their turn in the kitchen or busing tables.
Phyllis and Manuel were taken from us but their spirit lives on in the quality of El Zarape's food.
El Zarape was the first Mexican food restaurant opened in Garden City. They led the proliferation of other Mexican cuisine eateries throughout the state. Manuel and Phyllis' presence continues to be felt through a newfound respect for the Hispanic community for sharing it's delicious food with the world.

Today Miguel & Alin Rodriguez, great grandchildren of Phyllis and Manuel, along with other family members, have continued the succession of the El Zarape legacy. In addition, they are continuing to market and distribute their great grandmother's salsa throughout the state of Kansas.

El Zarape Mexican Food Restaurant, 2501 E. Hwy 50 (East Fulton), Garden City, Kansas 67846
Phone 620.275.8181 or 620.275.5401
For all Catering Orders, phone 620.521.3111.

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