The waiting is the hardest part.

Domenic Laurenzo has pushed the opening of his El Tiempo Cantina in Webster to the fall. 

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Tiempo means time in Spanish and it looks like everyone will have plenty of it as we wait for El Tiempo Cantina to finally open in Webster.

Earlier this month, El Tiempo’s corporate Facebook posted this about the Webster opening status: “Due to certain construction related issues beyond our control, the Webster El Tiempo opening will most likely be delayed until later this fall.”

Houston restaurateur Domenic Laurenzo had hoped to serve up a May 1 opening of the much-awaited eatery underway at 20237 Interstate 45.  

Officials have not returned phone calls. But it’s safe to say El Tiempo has much on its plate.

There are five El Tiempo restaurants in Houston and another expected to open this month at Westheimer and Gessner.

Opening two restaurants in one year is pretty ambitious.

Laurenzo is the grandson of Maria Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo, also known as “Mama Ninfa.”

Ninfa’s Restaurants became one of the most well-known Mexican restaurant chains in Texas and is credited with launching the fajita movement in Houston.

El Tiempo Cantina has differentiated itself from Ninfa’s by using different meat marinades and rices and offering different dishes. And the price points are higher.

Are you eager for the Webster location to open? What's your favorite El Tiempo dish? 


(7) comments

Mike Meador

Right. I've been waiting to see another Mexican restaurant opened. Over-priced, over-cooked fajitas and about .01% of alcohol in their 'ritas.

Kelly Surber

Love the El Tiempo in the Montrose area.

Miceal O'Laochdha

We often have breakfast on Sundays at the El Tiempo a block down from Ninfa's, on Navigation in Houston.

The food is outstanding, the prices almost shockingly reasonable, the place is beautiful and the service is sometimes great, sometimes good enough.

Personally, I wish they would skip the Webster location if it is troublesome and open on the Island instead. I would only be worried they might hurt the business of the Apache, El Pueblo and the former Taco House. I am grateful those places are still hanging in there.

Miss Priss

Believe it or not opening a restaurant in the fall is the best time after the kiddies go back to school and the families get into a routine. August and September are the worst months to open a rsstaurant because those months are the slowest in that industry. The Laurenzo bros know what they are doing. The restaurant in Webster is massive compared to their other locations and it effects the staff skill level and numbers to run it.

Blanca Bell

I'm with you Cougargator, overpriced, mediocre food and drinks are the norm in Webster. Two draft beers at Papsito's are $10:50. Talk about a rip off!

Carol Dean

Has anyone else ever noticed that all of the previous restaurants who have occupied the new El Tiempo location in Webster have all succumbed to failure?

Kevin Lang

Pinches survived there for quite some time--more than 10 years as I recall. The other half of the building did seem to be a revolving door.

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