One of Austin’s most iconic restaurants is celebrating a milestone this week. Matt’s El Rancho will host its 65th anniversary with a party Thursday. In addition to their regular happy hour specials, Matt’s will welcome three tequila companies that will be doing tastings, and the Dos Equis promo team will be on hand. The evening will feature live performances by Austin-based Latin music groups El Tule and Mariachi Castro. Magician Greg Onken will also be on hand to entertain guests up close with his unbelievable magic.
Matt Martinez and his wife, Janie, opened their first restaurant in downtown in 1952. The restaurant is now owned and operated by Matt and Janie’s daughters, Gloria, Cecilia, and Cathy along with daughter-in-law Estella Martinez.