El Burrito Mercado, take over a tiny 800sq ft market.
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)
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.
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.
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.
El Burrito Mercado expands cafeteria style restaurant to include a full service restaurant and cantina, adding 50seats.
Tomas & Maria Silva retire and pass business to daughters Milissa, Suzanne and granddaughter Analita.
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.
Silva’s with brother Tomas Silva, jr. open El Burrito on Wheels Food Truck, co-owned and operated by Tomas Silva, jr.
Silva's expand their patio, adding a permanent outdoor food stand, El Carrito!