Sandra and Gabriel Correa opened Chitos Authentic Mexican Restaurant, a family-owned and -operated business, in October 2018. The couple first started out with a small eatery on the side of a gas station in Plano. After five years, the demand for what their customers describe as “grandma-style home-cooking” recipes surged, and at times they had to turn away business. Eventually, they moved to a larger location. The business continued to grow until Sandra noticed the vacant restaurant spot on Main Street at Frisco Square in 2019. It seemed like a perfect new home and a natural next step, she said.

Describing the venue as a community restaurant, Sandra said the “homestyle” cooking from northern Mexico goes back generations, and all the food is made from scratch.

“They are mostly my mom’s traditional recipes,” Sandra said. “Over time I have added a certain twist to them.”

It was a good first year for their new venue as Chitos was well-received by the local Frisco community, Sandra said. The location is also considered a central meeting point for some families coming from different parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Meanwhile, people familiar with the Chitos name in Plano continued to travel to Frisco for their favorite authentic Mexican dishes.

The following year, however, brought the shock of shutdowns from the pandemic. Despite the sudden challenge, the Correas quickly pivoted to offer takeout and curbside pickup.

“We managed to keep all our staff during that period,” Gabriel said. “Everyone agreed to take on different roles where necessary to stay afloat.”

In addition to offering takeout and curbside options, Chitos offers three different rooms for hosting corporate parties, lunches and family gatherings. Overall business has been busy in recent months, the Correas said.

In addition, the Correas opened Chitos Lounge earlier this year in the adjoining building with its own menu. An adults-only venue, it is open Wednesday to Saturday from 5 p.m.-midnight with live music.

Both Sandra and Gabriel work in the restaurant seven days a week and mingle with both customers and staff to ensure an efficient service.

“We are a team here, and it’s important the staff all feel that,” Gabriel said.

Chitos Authentic Mexican Restaurant

6129 Main St., Frisco


Hours: Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.