Couple follows dream by opening Hailey’s Italian Restaurant in Cypress

Reyes chipotle pasta is made with penne pasta, served with asparagus, red bell peppers, mushrooms, peas, cilantro and chicken in a spicy chipotle cream sauce. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Reyes chipotle pasta is made with penne pasta, served with asparagus, red bell peppers, mushrooms, peas, cilantro and chicken in a spicy chipotle cream sauce. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Reyes chipotle pasta is made with penne pasta, served with asparagus, red bell peppers, mushrooms, peas, cilantro and chicken in a spicy chipotle cream sauce. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Yasmin Maldonado (left) opened Hailey’s Italian Restaurant in 2018 with her husband Reyes. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Pasta Dylan is made with sauteed shrimp in a rich vermouth cream sauce with mushrooms, diced tomatoes, green onions and shell pasta. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Chicken piccata is made with sauteed chicken breast, served in lemon butter sauce with mushrooms, capers and spaghetti pomodoro. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Owner Yasmin Maldonado knows that it can be easy to miss Hailey’s Italian Restaurant in its strip center location on Barker Cypress Road, but she said she tries to make up for it by serving Italian dishes that are second to none.

With several restaurants in the area, Yasmin said providing top-quality food and customer service is extremely important.

“Once [a customer] decides to come in, once we put the plate on the table, they start to realize that they have found a hidden gem,” she said.

Yasmin co-owns Hailey’s with her husband, Reyes, who serves as the head chef. The eatery, which opened in September 2018, is named after the Maldonados’ 3-year-old daughter. Two of the most popular pasta dishes are also named after their two sons, Dylan and Nathan.

“Family is very important to us, and that comes through in how we treat our customers,” Yasmin said. “We want to get to know your name. We want to get to know your kids’ names and your favorite meal at Hailey’s.”


All of the recipes were devised by Reyes, who has more than 20 years of experience cooking Italian food at restaurants, Yasmin said. All sauces are prepared and all breads are baked fresh every day before the restaurant opens, a process Yasmin said takes hours.

“You can go through our entire kitchen, and you will be surprised we don’t even have a microwave back there,” she said. “Your food is made-to-order for guaranteed freshness.”

Reyes specializes in pastas and traditional Italian dishes, such as chicken piccata and chicken parmesan, but the restaurant also offers several salad and pizza options.

Yasmin said one of the most popular dishes is the Reyes chipotle pasta, made with penne pasta, asparagus, bell peppers, mushrooms, peas and cilantro and served in a spicy chipotle cream sauce.

For the Maldonados, both first-time restaurant owners, running Hailey’s has been a labor of love that spawned from a desire to connect with customers on a more personal level. Both Yasmin and Reyes said they appreciate the support they have gotten from the Cypress community, and there is nothing else they would rather be doing.

“It’s been a dream for years, praying about it and waiting for the right opportunity,” Yasmin said. “It’s something we come in and work hard for everyday, and we are determined to keep the dream alive.”
By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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