By TYLER MASK
It’s not everyday that someone has an opportunity, much less the guts, to pursue their dreams and start a business. But for one Mineral Wells man, his dreams are coming true.
When people pass by a business, the final product is often what is first apparent; however, there is always a story behind every person’s dream.
Adrian Salazar’s story begins with his exodus from Mexico and his arrival at Pulido’s in Mineral Wells in 1988. While working for Pulido’s – under the management of his brother – Salazar began building his experience in the food industry.
Before leaving Pulido’s, Salazar got 10 years of experience under his belt, then he headed elsewhere. He worked at El Paseo for eight years, managed Uno Mas in Weatherford until they went out of business and then left the food industry for nearly seven years.
But now, Salazar is back making food and is the proud owner of his first restaurant and family business: Taqueria La Estrella.
The restaurant’s name comes from Salazar’s eight-year-old, special-needs daughter, Estrella.
Taqueria La Estrella, which is located at 1607 S.E. 22nd Ave, is filling a gap in the Mineral Wells food market. Although Mineral Wells has plenty of Mexican food restaurant, the restaurants prior to the Taqueria’s coming were all Tex-Mex. Taqueria La Estrella is aimed at being more traditional Mexican food.
“There’s a lot of Spanish people (in Mineral Wells).
“But besides just Spanish people, a lot of American people know what a Taqueria (is) and there was not one in Mineral Wells,” Salazar said. “There are (other) Mexican food restaurants in town, but they’re Tex-Mex. So, I wanted to do something that (was) not in town.”
The key idea behind using the word Taqueria is because it catches they eyes of both Hispanic and Caucasian people.