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La Mariposa Restaurant & Margarita House 30 Year Anniversary Celebration!
September 16 @ 11:00 am - September 24 @ 9:00 pm
The Cervantes Family, along with all its staff, will proudly celebrate its 30th year anniversary at all La Mariposa Restaurants.
Everything starts September 16th and continues until September 24th.
Customers can enjoy these specials throughout the week;
During lunch between 11am and 3pm, Monday through Friday, the menu will be 2 for one (one free meal with the purchase of another).
Happy Hour will be, Happy Week since the whole week will be at happy hour prices.
Join us for the “Commemorative Ribbon Cutting”. Enjoycomplementary Top Shelf Margaritas by “Don Julio” and delicious Appetizers.
Lyons, CO: September 21st 4:30PM – Hosted by Richard Webb and the Lyons Community.
Greeley, CO: September 19th 4:30PM – Hosted by Greeley Chamber of Commerce.
Longmont, CO: September 22nd 4:00PM – Hosted by Longmont Chamber of Commerce and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
LA MARIPOSA RESTAURANT & MARGARITA HOUSE
This story begins, like every great story … Once upon a time … in the city of Fort Lupton, Colorado, a young newlywed couple, that originated from Chihuahua, the largest state in Mexico. Rene Cervantes, a young mason, dedicated to the construction of the then United Bank Building (now The Wells Fargo Center) in the city of Denver, CO. Maria Cervantes his beautiful and young enterprising wife. She worked for an electronic semiconductor company called Technetics. Together they worked very hard to better themselves and give their children a better tomorrow. It was for her children, that one day, Maria began selling tamales and burritos at her work. The reason? Their then only son Rene Cervantes Jr.’s birthday was rapidly approaching, and money was tight. She wanted to buy him the shoes he would wear with his one year birthday outfit. Prior to this, the idea of selling food, never crossed Maria’s mind, much less own a restaurant. Then one fateful day, while on break, everything would change with a simple exchange of food.
Rene and his co-workers would bring their own lunch to work. During lunch break they often exchanged food (Warm Burritos for Sandwiches). Everybody loved to exchange with Rene, because Maria’s cooking was phenomenal. One day, his co-worker Larry Tinajera said “Rene, this burrito is delicious! Why don’t you bring burritos to sell?” Rene did not find the idea very attractive, since he didn’t want to sell burritos among his co-workers. Nevertheless, he begrudgingly told his wife what Larry had said. Maria, who was already selling burritos and tamales at her work, was very excited about the idea because she would always insist Rene, “take burritos to sell”. She enthusiastically replied “Why not? Let’s do it!” although not keen of the idea, Rene accepted to appease his wife. Unbeknownst to them at the time, they had just planted a seed that would flourish into opening their first restaurant.
Today, walking the steps to the entrance of the Wells Fargo Center, Rene recalls how he would sell out before even making it to the entrance. Those burritos were very special, because they were handmade, from the tortilla to their fresh ingredients. Thanks to their good taste and excellent quality, the popularity of those burritos grew.
After a while, they became aware of a small restaurant called “La Mariposa” that was for sale in the city of Longmont, CO. The young couple knew nothing at all about how to run their own business, much less what it takes to operate and run a restaurant. They only knew 3 things; their food was exceptionally popular, together they could do anything and they wanted to give their children a better tomorrow. So they decided to take the risk and buy the restaurant. Three decades later those 3 things still ring true, but now they can also say without a doubt they know how to run a restaurant.
30 years ago the Cervantes family, with so much love and hope, opened the doors of that small restaurant called “La Mariposa” for the first time. 30 years later it’s still operating, at the same location, with the same great service, the same incomparable flavor, and with that same love for preparing and serving excellent Mexican food for all their customers. Many of the customers are also the same ones from 30 years ago! Some things have changed over time… That small restaurant today is known as: La Mariposa Restaurant & Margarita House, is much larger, and now has new sister locations, with its namesake in Greeley, CO and Lyons, CO. In addition to La Mariposa Restaurants, Mr. Rene Cervantes, his wife Maria and children Rene Jr., Christina, Crystal, and Anthony grew their restaurant business by opening three more restaurants; Tito’s Mexican Grill (fast casual burrito joint) in Loveland, CO and Berthoud, CO and also Agave Mexico Bistro and Tequila House (Concept of high cuisine, and offers over 300 types of Tequila) in Boulder, CO. Great food is always accompanied by great music, and it is in music that the Cervantes family found its calling for making great events in the state of Colorado. Rencer Enterprises is the largest and most prestigious company in the Regional Mexican genre in the state of Colorado. 30 years ago, who could imagine that humble lunchbox full of burritos was the beginning of something so great.
The Cervantes Family is in the process of building a new spectacular home for “La Mariposa Restaurant & Margarita House”, which will open its doors to the public very soon in the city of Longmont. This will be the first restaurant building that the Cervantes Family creates from it the ground up. The project means a lot to the Cervantes family, because it symbolizes all the years of effort, work, community support, and is the family legacy for all future generations.
“It has been an honor to serve the state of Colorado, and its tourists for these unforgettably wonderful 30 years. On behalf of our family, we thank all of you who have supported us so much, and for being part of this beautiful story. We invite you to visit us in Longmont, Lyons and Greeley, come and celebrate with us our 30 year anniversary, we are here to serve you, in this, your restaurant, ‘La Mariposa’ Thank you.”
-Rene and Maria Cervantes