Taquerias Arandas

A Family Affair

Like many kids with restaurant-owning parents, Christine Specht worked for the family business, sandwich chain Cousins Subs, while growing up. But then she went off to college to pursue other interests. “My parents were really great like that,” Specht says. “They would always have made a place for me had I wanted to work in the business, but they certainly allowed me to explore my own avenues.”

For those women who do want to stay involved in and even lead their family-owned brand, it takes a lot of dedication, persistence, and sound business sense.

Taquerias Brings Its Fast Casual Concept to Baytown

With a more modern, upscale store concept, the new Taquerias Arandas location at 3912 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas, is mixing the tradition and authenticity that has made the brand famous with a fresh look and updated menu to serve a growing customer base.


In addition to the dine-in and takeout options available at all Taquerias Arandas, the Baytown restaurant features a drive-thru.


El Mateo Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Newest Item

Taquerias Arandas is rolling out the welcome mat for its newest menu item — literally.


To celebrate the release of the “El Mateo,” burrito, Houston-based Taquerias Arandas is offering a free “El Mateo,” all day October 6, to anyone whose first or middle or last name is Matt, Mattie, Mateo, or any derivation of “Matthew.”

The El Mateo burrito is available exclusively at the Taquerias Arandas in the Heights, located at 920 North Shepherd, Houston, Texas.

Taquerias Arandas Welcomes Veteran Manager

Taquerias Arandas announced the hiring of a new management trainee, set to take the helm at the taco franchise’s Katy, Texas, location. Jesse Monroy brings nearly 20 years of restaurant management experience to the Taquerias Arandas family, including roughly 15 years leading teams at Taco Cabana.


Quality Over Cost

It’s safe to say many Taquerias Arandas customers have no beef with the Mexican chain’s decision to stick with higher-quality, more expensive beef, even while many brands look to alternative proteins and LTOs as shelter from soaring beef prices.

Judy Camarena, president of Arandas Franchises, says the company’s focus has always been on providing premium ingredients at an affordable price. “Some restaurants are opting for cheaper meat to cut costs, but we feel our consistent commitment to quality is part of what sets us apart,” she says.

Taquerias Arandas Honors Fallen Firefighters

Firefighters are charged with taking care of the community, but sometimes the community takes care of them.


Taquerias Arandas President Judy Camarena presented a $35,024 check to the 100 Club — the result of a fundraising campaign footed solely by Houston-area taqueria customers.


2013 Best Franchise Deals

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Taquerias Arandas Opens Doors in Katy, North Houston

Taquerias Arandas is bringing the authentic flavors of Mexico to Katy and North Houston, with the opening of the franchise’s newest restaurants. The Katy restaurant is located at 223 S. Mason Road and the North Houston restaurant is located at 10739 North Freeway. Both are now open are two of more then 25 locations.