Feels Like Family: Lawrence’s Early Mexican Restaurants

Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 11-October 15.
In his 52 years of life, Chico Garcia created family-run businesses that anticipated Lawrence’s growth as a city and community. Garcia and his family operated four restaurants, catered the concession stands at KU basketball and football home games, made lunches for Lawrence school students, created landscaping and cleaning companies, and fostered community appreciation for Mexican food and traditions through the annual Mexican fiesta now held at St. John’s Catholic Church.
The Garcia family’s businesses were part of a transition many Mexican American families in Lawrence made in the mid-20th century. Learn more in this fascinating and unique exhibit.

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