In the long hot summer of 1966, Jose’ Ruiz, along with his parents, opened a Mexican restaurant. Jose’s friends and family were convinced he was nuts. Few people in St Louis had ever seen a Mexican, much less ever tasted Mexican food. And to certify Jose’s insanity, he was opening his Mexican restaurant far north of St Louis, in the fields outside the small town of Florissant. Who in their right minds would drive that far? Only months aer opening, the little four-table restaurant was boasting of lines wrapped around the building. Jose wasn’t crazy anymore.
The history of Ruiz’ is long and colorful. Jose and Tencha always promised a book. The book was never written, but the stories continue to be told by our family, friends and long time customers. Inside these walls, our grandparents, parents and children have lived their lives. Ruiz is our home, where our family stories are born. You will probably not visit another place like this today. A business that has been treasured by four generations is rare and a business that has stayed in the same location for four generations is even rarer. Our family loves this place, and we are proud to welcome our customers to our home. Doug and Marisa (Jose and Tencha’s daughter), and now Rachael, Chloe and John Alexis (three of Doug and Marisa’s children), promise to continue the tradition of our family business. All four generations have each added their personalities to Ruiz’. So this, the fourth era has begun. Have Fun Rachael, Chloe & Lex, and add many more interesting stories to our family’s history.
St. Louis’ Oldest Mexican Restaurant
Proud to be in the fourth generation