Since April 1983, the Lucero family has owned and operated what has become Hyde Park’s iconic restaurant, Julio’s. Starting in a small space on West Lynn in Clarksville, where Stella Salinas Lucero grew up, they moved the restaurant, shortly thereafter in 1985, to its current location at the corner of 43rd and Duval. Since then, they have been operating it as a family business, with Stella and her children Marisa and Julio working there almost every day. Some days, one or more of Stella’s sisters stops in for dinner, often stepping behind the cash register to help when it gets busy.
To celebrate their thirty-one years in business, Stella and her kids have decided to make April their “Julio’s 31st Anniversary Celebration” month. As longtime contributors to the Hyde Park community, they are going to donate a portion of the receipts of one night each week in April to the Lee Elementary School PTA to support the Spanish program that the PTA created.
Anyone who has ever been to Julio’s is struck by how many of the customers seem to know not only each other, but Stella, Marisa, and Julio personally. Customers come from all over town, many of them with their dogs. They often remark that almost the only time they get to see each other is at the restaurant. Many of those customers come from West Austin and have been loyal Julio’s patrons since the early 1980s.
Congratulations to Stella, Marisa, and Julio on the 31st anniversary of Julio’s. And, thanks for being a part of the fabric of Hyde Park for so long.