Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant brings 'a little piece of Mexico' to Flower Mound

Cristinau2019s Fine Mexican Restaurant is owned by Arturo Vargas. His daughter, Cristina Vargas, will take over the business when he retires.

Cristinau2019s Fine Mexican Restaurant is owned by Arturo Vargas. His daughter, Cristina Vargas, will take over the business when he retires.

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Arturo Vargas knew he had a passion for service when he immigrated to Texas from Mexico.

That passion helped him to advance from being a dishwasher and busboy to becoming the owner of Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant—named after his daughter—which now has 12 locations.

Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant first opened its doors in Flower Mound in 1996. The Flower Mound location—the group’s flagship store—was an extension of Angelina’s, a Mexican restaurant founded by Arturo’s mother-in-law.

“The idea is to bring a little piece of Mexico to the people we serve,” Arturo said.

The restaurant, Arturo said, has been fortunate to be able to grow with Flower Mound. And in the process, it has become a familiar fixture for the community, he added.

Cristina Vargas, Arturo’s daughter and the restaurant’s namesake, is set to take over when her father retires. She said some of her earliest memories are of spending her days in the restaurant with her family and friends.

“Customers are able to feel the love we’ve put into it transcend into the food and the service,” Cristina said. 

The eatery serves a mixture of authentic Mexican food and Tex-Mex. 

“We say to our cooks and employees: ‘Pretend that you’re cooking for your mother,’” he said.

Arturo said he and his wife always dreamed their children would take over the business. This dream has come to fruition, as Cristina and Arturo’s other children are committed to keeping the restaurant family-owned and -operated, Arturo said.

“I was not only raised in a home where I got to see a lot of love and a lot of generosity, but I also got to see my parents create a place like that for people to work at and eat at,” Cristina said. “I believe that God has given this all to us to spread love and generosity, and I’m honored to carry that on.”



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