Cano said their families have worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years, and one of the main reasons they wanted to open their own restaurant was to provide a place where their children can get their own experience working. The restaurant itself is named after the couple’s 11-year-old daughter.
“My oldest, Luis, is a natural with the customers,” Cano said. “He loves to introduce himself and tell them to come back when they leave.”
The menu at Monica’s includes both Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican dishes. Cano said his personal preference is for more authentic cuisine, but he wanted to include Tex-Mex due to its popularity among Americans.
“Everything on the menu is prepared when the customer orders it,” Cano said. “The tortillas, the meat for the fajitas ... all prepared at the moment with quality products.”
Cano said he finds running his own restaurant to be a rewarding experience.
“I know what goes into every dish, and I know that it is quality food,” he said.
Cano said he spent the first year working to get the word out to customers about the restaurant, located off Jersey Drive near Hwy. 290, and the business has grown each month. He said he looks forward to growing the restaurant at the same time that he teaches his children about the value of hard work.•“I really just want them to experience that feeling you get by earning your own money and to learn the importance of responsibility,” he said.
17350 Hwy. 290, Jersey Village
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, closed Sun.