By Kristen Yates
A dream of owning and operating an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant started with two men in Austin, Texas in 1982. Mike Young and John Zapp wanted to give back to their communities through delicious food, family fun, and community charity. Since that day over 30 years ago this dream has crossed 13 states, established 47 restaurants and has helped numerous communities.
At its second Indiana location, local businessman Russell Burns heads up the new restaurant at 14150 Town Center Blvd. As owner/operator, Burns and his staff will open their doors for business on April 15.
“The unbelievable flavors are unique to this restaurant and I can’t wait to bring them to all my friends and neighbors,” Burns said.
Tex-Mex is an uncommon style of Mexican food with a Texas twist that is typically only found around the Texas-Mexico border. It combines the Mexican flavors with the southern style of cooking with an emphasis on always serving fresh food.
Burns said the atmosphere of the restaurant matches the colorful food that is served. There are three separate dining rooms, each with its own wild theme. For instance, one of the dining rooms at the Noblesville location allows customers to kick back surrounded by hubcaps. Each Chuy’s restaurant is decorated differently and has a personality of its own. This concept was the origin of their No.1 phrase, “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s!”
There is a story to every decoration that Chuy’s features and the staff is excited to share them with their customers. Distributed throughout the restaurant are giant metal palm trees and hand painted tiles, traditionally seen in Mexico homes and churches.
This restaurant also has a unique approach with its presence in the community. They are just as concerned with their community and its well being as they are with serving up delicious food.
“We are dedicated to our customers and at the same time giving back to the community,” Burns said.
There are several charitable ideas already planned for when the restaurant opens including partnering with Community Works food pantry and Prevail. Burns said they have already started their charitable activities with a photo shoot for dogs with the profits benefiting Every Dog Counts Rescue.
Where: 14150 Town Center Blvd.
Type: Mexican with a blend of southern American
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Offers: Takeout, catering, casual attire, waiter service