The Herrera story is one of humble beginnings, inspired by hard work, perseverance, and family commitment. At only eighteen and without speaking a word of English, David Herrera emigrated from El Salvador to Houston where he discovered his passion for the restaurant industry. He worked tirelessly to become a captain waiter at Tony Vallone’s premier restaurant, Anthony’s. While there, his personal ambition pushed him to learn everything he could about cooking, the kitchen, and providing guests with an exceptional dining experience.
David and his wife Alicia, along with their three sons Marvin, Ubaldo and Dario, saved for twenty-seven years to realize David’s dream of opening his own restaurant. That dream finally came true in 2006, when the Herrera family opened the doors of Alicia’s Mexican Grille. Named after David’s beloved wife Alicia, it quickly developed a fan following, with popular support driving them to a larger Cypress location, as well as to add three additional locations in Katy, Spring, and Houston.
Dario’s Steakhouse & Seafood, named after David’s youngest son Dario, invites guests to enjoy premium selections of perfectly prepared certified angus beef steaks, fresh, succulent seafood, and an extensive wine list, all within an upscale dining environment in Cypress Texas.
Marvino’s Italian Kitchen, named after their oldest son Marvin, celebrates their passion for Italian food and culture. Marvino’s boasts fresh, hand-crafted Italian dishes and beautiful wines, within an authentic Italian experience in Cypress Texas.
And in 2017, the Herrera family will proudly open their newest venture, Galiana’s Bakery & Café. Named after David’s granddaughters, this restaurant will delight Cypress patrons with an incredibly fresh, artisanal bakery and café.
“We’ve continued to expand our restaurant portfolio not only because of our passion for amazing food and service, but also because our guests have honored us with continued praise and patronage. We humbly thank all of our guests for allowing us to serve them.” - David Herrera