Palacios Murphy Launches Second Mandito’s Tex-Mex Concept in Katy

MANDITO’S TEX-MEX TO OPEN TODAY USHERING IN SIGNATURE DISHES, REFRESHING MARGARITAS, AND WELCOMING AESTHETIC TO THE I-10 WEST CORRIDOR

HOUSTON, TX (February 19) – Less than a year after the successful debut of Mandito’s Tex-Mex in Bellaire, Palacios Murphy Hospitality expands its stamp on the Houston area’s restaurant scene with a second Mandito’s in Katy.

Having found an enthusiastic reception to its brand of high-quality Tex-Mex boasting authentic, homemade flavors, Palacios Murphy co-owners Cinda and Armando Palacios will open their second location today at 9910 Gaston Road, Suite 200, in Katy. The growing city’s lively dining landscape, already welcoming to diverse, multicultural options, makes it a perfect home for the comforting pleasures of traditional Tex-Mex presented in a casual, contemporary setting as lively as it is welcoming.

Proud of its commitment to service and guest experience, Mandito’s Tex-Mex also has found a sweet balance in offering the best, freshest ingredients with value-conscious awareness. That perspective will be appreciated in Katy’s varied foodie populace of busy families, budding teenage connoisseurs, adventurous singletons and established, savvy diners who expect familiar but sophisticated fare. Mandito’s swings wide with Tex-Mex fans by offering iconic from-scratch classics, top-shelf margaritas and cocktails, healthier options (salads, burrito bowls and plant-based proteins), easy bulk family meals, and their new Tex-Mex 2 Pack meals that come with two tacos, chips, salsa, and a drink for just $10. The latter will be embraced by Katy’s many always-on-the-go teenage students and sports league members.

To that end, Mandito’s Tex-Mex Katy will be under the leadership of Chief Operating Officer Alex Curley whose family lives in the Cinco Ranch neighborhood. Curley and his wife Jessica have three children in public schools within Katy ISD; as parents they are active and ardent supporters of the PTSA at their children’s schools. Additionally, they volunteer as athletic boosters at one of the schools, Tompkins High, where they also support the orchestra program. Alex Curley’s ties to the community go even deeper: he serves as a volunteer coach for several tee ball and baseball youth leagues. He and Jessica are proud to be raising their children in the Katy community whose habits and lifestyle they know well.

“As a Katy resident, I am thrilled to bring Mandito’s Tex-Mex to a neighborhood I cherish,” Curley said. “I can’t wait to bring our authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, a best-in-class agave spirits program and selfless hospitality to Katy. There is nothing more gratifying than doing what you love, while giving back to a community that has given my family so much. Our Mandito’s team is genuinely excited to provide an opportunity for our entire community to come together around great food, drink and fun.”

That sense of a communal hub will be reflected in the restaurant’s vibrant design, a collaboration between New York-based architect Rocco DiLeo and the Palacios’s own considerable design knowledge. DiLeo, who oversaw the colorful design of the Bellaire Mandito’s, worked with a slightly larger retail footprint in Katy of roughly 5,000 square feet with seating for 208 and a patio space that can accommodate an additional 50 diners. The layout is particularly family minded: parents dining on the patio that faces Stableside greenspace at Falcon Landing can enjoy fajitas and margs while watching their kids play on the lawn.

Specific to the Katy restaurant is a robust go-to station to streamline pickup of Mandito’s popular bulk Fiesta Packs meals – ready between 15 and 20 minutes of ordering with a dedicated area and separate entrance for quick, seamless service.

The Katy menu builds on a winning formula founded at the original Mandito’s in Round Top and honed at the Bellaire location. There’s also considerable Tex-Mex heritage built in: In 1978, the Harlingen-raised Armando Palacios founded ARMANDOS, now an iconic Houston dining experience known for its refined interpretation of classic border fare presented in a lively, celebratory atmosphere. Palacios Murphy’s deep understanding of true Tex-Mex flavors and authenticity are deliciously evident in the Mandito’s menu from must-have starters (velvety chili con queso, lush guacamole, composed nachos, stuffed quesadillas and refreshing crisp salads) to craveable classics (crispy tacos, silken enchiladas, burly burritos and sizzling platters of fajitas and smoky carne asada). A nearly encyclopedic collection of Mexican spirits – from the vast catalog of tequila hierarchies and agave-based mezcal to the lesser-known distillations including traditional bacanora and sotol – ensures that Mandito’s accomplished bar program will be the area’s most enviable.

But the company’s considerable pride in its food and beverage expertise would be nothing if service weren’t at the forefront. Knowing that genuine hospitality is the key to building meaningful, long-term relationships, Palacios Murphy’s skilled team members work to ensure guests leave happier than when they came in. That commitment to memorable guest experiences and making memories is at the core of Mandito’s Tex-Mex.

The company’s pledge to be a good neighbor is strong from the get-go. To show its support toward advancing Katy education and leadership, Palacios Murphy has launched a “Spirit Night” program for local schools and sports teams as well a 10 percent discount for Katy ISD employees and Katy first responders.

ABOUT MANDITO’S

Mandito’s Tex-Mex, aka “little ARMANDOS,” is a casual, cantina-style version of Houston’s famed Tex-Mex locale ARMANDOS and appeals to comfortable family dining and nights out with friends. Pulling from some of the more popular menu items at ARMANDOS, Mandito’s Tex-Mex serves up fajitas, enchiladas, fish tacos, it’s famous twice refried beans and fresh-made margaritas. The original Mandito’s Tex-Mex is located in the historic town of Round Top, TX. For more information visit www.manditostexmex.com.

ABOUT PALACIOS MURPHY

Houston-based hospitality group Palacios Murphy believes that gathering together to share a meal together has the possibility to be a transformative experience. Every detail is important and worthy of being considered in order to enhance an important evening or a rare weekend away. With their combination of bold flavors, unparalleled service, and luxe lodging, they’re working to bring that vision to life. Owners Armando Palacios and Cinda Murphy de Palacios continue to expand their portfolio of brands that include Lulu’s, Mandito’s TexMex, Hotel Lulu, Popi Burger and the 44-year-old iconic restaurant ARMANDOS. For more information visit http://www.palaciosmurphy.com/.

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