1979
El Burrito Mercado, take over a tiny 800sq ft market.
1983
Tomas and Maria Silva venture into a larger size market (about 2000sq ft) expanding a small kitchen to feature to go foods like burritos, carnitas, tamales, pan dulce (Mexican bakery)
1995
El Burrito Mercado remodels the 13,000sq ft historic Henly’s Furniture Building, and is still their existing St. Paul location today. Adding a kitchen, cafeteria style restaurant, deli, bakery, butcher shop.
1996
Maria Silva opens “Maria’s Imports”, a specialty market importing Mexican gifts, home decor and furniture. Silva family still imports from Mexico and the items are featured in the mercado and restaurants.
2001
Silva’s opened El Burrito Wholesale Foods, they were the first to introduce Goya food products to Minnesota and were pioneers in the distribution of Mexican groceries in the twin cities.
2002
Silva El Burrito opens in Shakopee, now closed.
2012
El Burrito Mercado expands cafeteria style restaurant to include a full service restaurant and cantina, adding 50seats.
2015
Tomas & Maria Silva retire and pass business to daughters Milissa, Suzanne and granddaughter Analita.
2016
Silva’s expand restaurant again now seating additional 50, includes buffet, live music, private space, add an outdoor patio, seating an additional 50more customers. Full seating now almost 200.
2017
Silva’s with brother Tomas Silva, jr. open El Burrito on Wheels Food Truck, co-owned and operated by Tomas Silva, jr.
2018
Silva’s take over the former Pepito’s Family Mexican Restaurant.
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