Fleeing war-torn Nicaragua, Paco Vargas found his way here

Paco Vargas, who left his war-torn Nicaragua for Texas in 1978, opened the popular island eatery, Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, with the late Rudy Teichman 20 years ago.


Island restaurateur Francisco “Paco” Vargas was honored by a national restaurant group at an award ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Ron Shelby

I absolutely love Rudy & Paco's

Mary Lofaro

Congratulations Paco!! Well deserved honor!!

Melvin Williams

Rudy, a well deserved recognition of you, your restaurant and the commitment you have made to make Galveston a better place. Congratulations

James Lippert

A truly really great restaurant! My family has been in the Galveston area for over 100 years, it took a friend of ours visiting from France to introduce me to Rudy and Paco's right in my own backyard. Was a most memorable dinner.

Jarvis Buckley

"Welcome home friend"👍

Jon Babara


Miceal O'Laochdha

Congratulations Paco, you have developed a first class restaurant and, just as important, you are a first class example of how to own and operate one.

Joe Wilburn

Great food Great atmosphere, two business deals closed in his restaurant for my company directly related to his fantastic customer service. Paco is #1 with me!!
"Welcome Home Baby"

Mike Box

Congratulations Paco! Welcome home!

Raymond Guidry Jr

Congratulations Paco Vargas, always great service and food, a well deserved honor for to great guy and Galveston County restaurant

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