Ninfa's

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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation is a popular Mexican restaurant located at 2704 Navigation Boulevard in Houston, Texas.wikipedia
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Ninfa Laurenzo

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The Original Ninfa's was started by Ninfa Rodríguez Laurenzo, a Mexican-American woman, in a tortilla factory. In 1973, Ninfa Laurenzo, a widow with five children, established Ninfa's, then a taco stand, as a side business due to financial troubles with her original core business, a tortilla factory.
Maria Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo (nicknamed Mama Ninfa, May 11, 1924 – June 17, 2001), born with the family name Rodriguez, was a restaurateur from Houston, Texas who founded the restaurant Ninfa's.

Taco stand

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In 1973, Ninfa Laurenzo, a widow with five children, established Ninfa's, then a taco stand, as a side business due to financial troubles with her original core business, a tortilla factory.
Ninfa Laurenzo, founder of the Ninfa's restaurant chain, started out running a single taco stand in Houston, Texas.

Urban Cowboy

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Travolta had a private corner at the Westheimer Ninfa's location while he filmed Urban Cowboy, and while flying in his private aircraft he often stopped in Houston to pick up Ninfa's food.
While filming Urban Cowboy, Travolta had a private corner at the Westheimer Road location of the Ninfa's restaurant chain in Houston.

RioStar Corp.

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When the Laurenzo family controlled the restaurant chain, it was managed by Ninfa's Inc., which became a subsidiary of the Laurenzo-controlled holding company RioStar Corp.
The company controlled the Ninfa's, Bambolino's, and Atchafalaya River Cafe brands.

Maggie Rita's

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In 2012, several licensed Ninfa's locations were converted into "Maggie Rita's Tex-Mex Grill & Bar," a restaurant chain co-owned by Carlos Mencia.
In mid-2012, the three remaining franchised Ninfa's locations owned by Santiago Moreno, in the Kirby Drive area, the Galleria area, and the Interstate 45 Gulf Freeway area, were converted into Maggie Rita's.

Bambolino's

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The original Bambolino's Inc. restaurant chain was established by Ninfa Laurenzo and her family, who had established the Ninfa's restaurant chain.

Tex-Mex cuisine in Houston

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A restaurant featuring newer style Tex-Mex, Ninfa's became influential in the development of the cuisine in the city.

History of Mexican Americans in Houston

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It was established in 1971, also making it the oldest such group, on the premises of the Ninfa's restaurant.

Fajita

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Mama Ninfa is widely credited with popularizing the fajita among Houstonians.
The food was popularized by various businesses such as Ninfa's in Houston, the Hyatt Regency in Austin, and numerous restaurants in San Antonio.

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In 2006, Niel Morgan, the owner of the Antone's po boy chain, started the new firm Legacy Restaurants, then proceeded to make a deal with Serrano's.

Restaurant

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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation is a popular Mexican restaurant located at 2704 Navigation Boulevard in Houston, Texas.

Houston

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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation is a popular Mexican restaurant located at 2704 Navigation Boulevard in Houston, Texas.

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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation is a popular Mexican restaurant located at 2704 Navigation Boulevard in Houston, Texas.

Mexican cuisine

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The restaurant serves both Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine.

Mexican Americans

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The Original Ninfa's was started by Ninfa Rodríguez Laurenzo, a Mexican-American woman, in a tortilla factory.

Restaurateur

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Ninfa Laurenzo became a full-time restaurateur and the tortilla factory closed.

Houston Chronicle

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Dai Huynh of the Houston Chronicle said that the Ninfa's locations opened after the first two restaurants "failed to attract the following of earlier restaurants."

Mexico City

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The banks turned her down, so a friend in Mexico City loaned her several thousand dollars.

Tex-Mex

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The restaurant serves both Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine.

Downtown Houston

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Around 1976 the restaurant was becoming popular among many groups of people, including employees in Downtown Houston, area politicians, and other groups.

Westheimer Road

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Ninfa's became so popular that, in 1975, she opened a second location on Westheimer Road, one that was larger than the original.