Domingo and Gloria Sotelo hadn’t run Los Cazadores for more than 10 years, but when the chance to operate the restaurant they opened together came up again in 2001, they jumped at the opportunity.
The diner on North Main Street in McAllen is known for its tacos de lengua and its menudo, served Friday through Sunday (as well as its hearty, homeade hamburgers for lunch). True to its name, Los Cazadores ("The Hunters") abounds with mounted trophy bucks and antler racks.
But despite its longstanding reputation, Gloria says it’s been tough for the restaurant to make ends meet under the strain of the lackluster economy.
"This past summer, I thought we would have to shut our doors," Gloria said. "I keep praying harder and harder."
One saving grace has been Los Cazadores’ location in the heart of McAllen’s Art District. The area’s Art Walks, held once monthly during spring and fall, have been a boon for the restaurant, which sets tables outside near the hustle and bustle of the sidewalk during the event.
"It’s brought in a lot of new faces," Gloria said. "I wish it was every week."
Gloria is hopeful things will pick up for her unique eatery.
"We’re just a little family restaurant, a mom-and-pop store."