Big Taco Mexican restaurant closes

After 20 years of serving the Alice community and travelers throughout South Texas, the owners of Big Taco closed their doors on Saturday, April 16.

“Big Taco would like to thank the community of Jim Wells County for their support for over two decades,” Jesus and Teresa Ceja said via Facebook. “Over the years, we’ve seen many wonderful travelers and local South Texans come through our doors in search of delicious food. Whether it’s breakfast at 5 a.m. for those working in the oil field or lunch for those who only had time for a quick bite, we were grateful that you all chose to come and eat with us.”

Big Taco was located on Cecilia Street in the small green and red restaurant. Passing by the Mexican restaurant, you wouldn’t expect much until you sample the authentic food that is prepared daily.

“We will miss Big Taco serving as a space for great food and community, but our customers have become like family to us and we greatly appreciate the wonderful memories that have come from the past 20 years,” the Ceja family said.

Jesus also known as “Don Chuy” is not only the owner but he was also the manager of Big Taco. In 2020, Jesus was recognized for his business in the national magazine El Restaurante. The magazine presented the best managers of the year.

Big Taco opened in 2001. He started his business after being “let go” from another restaurant in the area after asking for a half-day off.

Don Chuy came to the United States from Mexico 40 years ago. He learned to cook from his mother who also showed him how to make his own spices. Her love of cooking has been manifested over the years by working in different taquerias.

The restaurant’s doors are officially closed, but the Cejas don’t live Alice.

“We’ll see you everywhere because Alice and this community are our home,” they said. “Alice is Buena Gente. Gracias por todo el apoyo y hermosos recuerdos.”

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