Officer Kraatz Benefit

September 11, 2017
Officer Kraatz Benefit

In recognition of the “Tex-Mex for Kraatz” event, Gringo’s La Porte had sales of $21,889. Family, friends, first responders, community officials & more came out in droves to support one of their own, Officer Jason Kraatz. As a community, we were honored to present Jason & his family a check for >> $10,944.65!

COO Announced

January 9, 2017
COO Announced

It is with great honor that I promote Jonathan Kim to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Ybarra Franchising Group, LLC., representing our Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen, Jimmy Changas, Bullritos La Porte and The Lunch Box. Read more

The Jonathan Kim Gym

October 15, 2016
The Jonathan Kim Gym

Getting fit just became easier for Camp Hope Veterans. A brand new on-site 1,200 square foot state-of-the-art gym is now open. A Ribbon Cutting and BBQ cook-off were held to celebrate the grand opening of The Jonathan Kim Gym located at the Camp Hope facility.

#BackTheBadge

July 12, 2016
#BackTheBadge

Fundraiser held at all Gringo’s & Jimmy Changas locations. $104,000 in meals donated to our local First Responders & their families to show our support.

TRA Hall of Honor Inductee

June 12, 2016
TRA Hall of Honor Inductee

President/CEO, Russell Ybarra was inducted into the Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Honor. Check it out!

Gringo’s Support Houston Flood Victims BIG

April 26, 2016
Gringo’s Support Houston Flood Victims BIG

Gringo’s Support Houston Flood Victims BIG 50% of the day’s SALES were donated to those affected by the 2016 Houston flooding. $100,000 was presented on May 3, 2016 to Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, for the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund.

Ribbon Cutting for new Camp Hope Facility

January 28, 2016
Ribbon Cutting for new Camp Hope Facility

Russell Ybarra’s Home for Heroes opens at Camp Hope allowing for extra housing for veterans & their families to stay on the premises, at no cost, while coping with PTSD.

Taste of the Town

September 20, 2015
Taste of the Town

The La Pica Rita was born…oh so classy, with a hint of sass!

Supporting Camp Hope

August 7, 2015
Supporting Camp Hope

Gringo’s & Jimmy Changas sponsored 80’s Tribute Night & 100% of ticket proceeds benefitted Camp Hope. $21,000 raised for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Time Flies when You’re Serving Enchiladas

July 24, 2015
Time Flies when You’re Serving Enchiladas

Gringo’s Fuqua, our first franchise location by managing partner, Joel Perkins, celebrates 15 years!

Breaking Ground on New Camp Hope Facility

May 14, 2015
Breaking Ground on New Camp Hope Facility

Groundbreaking for Russell Ybarra’s Home for Heroes at Houston’s Camp Hope.

Team Member’s Life Changing Gift

December 23, 2014
Team Member’s Life Changing Gift

Melinda Johnson, a valued team member at Gringo’s Texas City, picked up her new prosthetic leg {donated by Gringo’s} after a team member reached out to Russell about how deserving she was of a prosthetic leg.

Rockin’ Summer Concerts for Camp Hope

August 4, 2014
Rockin’ Summer Concerts for Camp Hope

Gringo’s & Jimmy Changas sponsored Rockin’ Thursday Concert Series held at the Redneck Country Club raising $207,598 for veterans coping with PTSD at Camp Hope.

A Day to Remember

May 12, 2014
A Day to Remember

Mayor of La Porte declares “Russell Ybarra Day”

Voted People’s Choice

January 25, 2014
Voted People’s Choice

Gringo’s was voted ‘People’s Choice’ and awarded a Golden Fork from the Greater Houston Restaurant Association.

Local Police Officer gets New Leg

September 3, 2013
Local Police Officer gets New Leg

Pasadena Police Officer, Mike Huffman, was involved in a tragic accident where he was critically injured and lost his leg. 50% of restaurant sales {Gringo’s & Jimmy Changas} were donated to purchase him an X3 Ottobock prosthetic leg.

20-Years of Business

January 11, 2013
20-Years of Business

Gringo’s Celebrates {20 YEARS} of enriching lives one taco at a time by serving the highest quality Tex-Mex at the lowest price possible.

Go Big or Go Home

September 24, 2012
Go Big or Go Home

Hugo “Dos Caballos” Olvera was rewarded with a brand new truck! Did we mention Hugo was Gringo’s very first team member?

What’s Jimmy Changas?

January 11, 2011
What’s Jimmy Changas?

Sister concept, Jimmy Changas, opened its doors in Pasadena, Texas. No coincidence…Gringo’s opened it’s doors on January 11th, 1993

Make it Tres

September 30, 2010
Make it Tres

Gringo’s purchases land located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 290 and Mueschke Road with the intent to open a new location in Spring 2011. This is the first ground-up project for Franchisee, Joel Perkins.

A Pair of Lucky Dice

January 29, 2010
A Pair of Lucky Dice

Pearland “The Original” holds a “Deal or No Deal”-style game to give associates the chance at a Chevy Camaro to thank them for their hard work during the holidays.

Private Dining

October 19, 2009
Private Dining

Stafford begins construction on a Private Dining Room to accommodate 20 to 64 guests. The room is completed in December.

Quite an Honor

August 18, 2009
Quite an Honor

Russell Ybarra, president and founder of Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen, is honored with his family at the Greater Houston Restaurant Association’s (GHRA) Gala Fundraiser.

Kevin Carroll goes All In

July 6, 2009
Kevin Carroll goes All In

After years in management and operations with Gringo’s, Carroll is rewarded with his very own location. Rosenberg is located at Brazos Town Center and is the third franchise location.

Doubling Down

November 12, 2008
Doubling Down

Gringo’s scores its second Pearland location with another ground-up construction at Pearland Town Center near Hwy 288. The Gringo’s family also grew with the addition of location proprietary partner, Joe Ivey.

The evolution continues!

June 17, 2008
The evolution continues!

The fabulous Gringo’s logo makes its appearance in print to match the Vegas-replica monument signs.

Giving Back

December 8, 2007
Giving Back

Through a $4,000 generous donation, 63 underprivileged children are given brand new bicycles along with gift cards for teenage children as part of a Christmas donation to the La Porte Community Civic Club.

High Roller

August 11, 2007
High Roller

Russell Ybarra speaks on a panel with President George W. Bush at the Latino Coalition Conference.

Ace in the Hole

April 2, 2007
Ace in the Hole

Joel Perkins opens Gringo’s Champions, his second franchised location in Spring, Texas.

Gringo’s 2.0

February 18, 2006
Gringo’s 2.0

Raising the stakes with a new look. Our Champions location is still carrying on this signature logo.

Home After the Hurricane

September 18, 2005
Home After the Hurricane

Gringo’s provides a new lease home for the Allen family, who were displaced from their home by Hurricane Katrina; plus, pays for a full year’s rent, utilities, monthly expenses and a new car.

Muy Grande Gringo’s

May 28, 2004
Muy Grande Gringo’s

“The Original” Pearland is reborn with a larger, renovated space. The new building is dedicated to a fallen hero, Private Leroy Sandoval, Jr.

San Antonio Stroll

July 9, 2003
San Antonio Stroll

Gringo’s heads west with its first location outside Houston.

Beatle Mania

May 13, 2003
Beatle Mania

Gringo’s hosts a benefit concert, featuring the Fab Four, for the Boys and Girls Harbor and Neighborhood Centers of La Porte. The Fab Four is a Beatles look-a-like band that regularly performs at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Number Cinco is a Success

October 12, 2002
Number Cinco is a Success

The corporate and management team celebrate the opening of Gringo’s Stafford. Gringo’s comes to life after completely remodeling a previous Mexican restaurant.

Upping the Ante

July 10, 2000
Upping the Ante

After years of being a Gringo’s General Manager & Operations Manager, Joel Perkins opens Fuqua, our first franchised location. Hard work, passion and dedication pay off BIG at Gringo’s!

Out With the Old

August 22, 1999
Out With the Old

Gringo’s takes over the Mall of the Mainland with a complete remodel of an old Red Lobster to open its Texas City location.

The Winning Streak Continues

July 2, 1996
The Winning Streak Continues

Our second location was born in La Porte, Texas where Russell and his family grew up.

Branding Our Vision

August 22, 1993
Branding Our Vision

Gringo’s debuts its first logo in Pearland, Texas.

Russell Places a Winning Bet

January 11, 1993
Russell Places a Winning Bet

Master Enchilada Roller Russell Ybarra opens the first Gringo’s in Pearland, Texas. “The Original” becomes a local institution and the first successful step in Gringo’s history.