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July 6, 2015

Area El Tiempo fans face long wait

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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:00 pm

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?