Iconic Houston Restaurant Gets Threats Over Their Fajita Smoke
When you think of fajita smoke your mouth might begin to water and your stomach might begin the growl. However, the same could not be said for new neighbors of a long-time-standing infamous Houston restaurant.
Laredo's Taqueria first opened in Houston back in 1984; they've since opened an additional 3 locations around the city. Their homemade Tex-Mex style cooking has not changed however, their surroundings have.
The building was once located within a low-income neighborhood surrounded by the Heights, Montrose, and River Oaks. That is no longer the case, the area has expanded and has transformed into a new environment and atmosphere.
New buildings began to quickly populate the area including nightclubs, upscale restaurants, and townhomes. The new neighbors have brought new problems.
"All these clubs, all these expensive houses coming out, it really blew my mind," said Mario Celestino who manages the family-owned taqueria.
With the new businesses also came trouble. Many drunk people would stumble in during the nighttime, "Loud, profanity, just being rude. We had to hire a police officer because you had drunks," explained Mario. It was so difficult and costly, that they ended up closing down earlier in the day.
Aside from all the disruption, the new residents in the area were beginning to pick a fight. "The new residents have money, are legally savvy, and they don't like the fajita smoke," Mario explained residents in the new nearby townhomes began complaining about the fajita smoke.
"They were going to take us to court," he said, "The smoke was going into the windows and their furniture was smelling like fajitas."
The taqueria's attorneys pushed back and argued that residents knew about the taqueria, they knew about the smoke and still decided to move in. However, for Mario and his family, they pointed out, "We were here first." So far, threats have stopped and residents have not pursued legal action since.
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