Gloria’s Latin Cuisine
ARK Group, the North Carolina based developer of the highly anticipated Music Factory Entertainment Center, has announced that Gloria’s Latin Cuisine (www.gloriascuisine.com) has joined the diverse tenant mix planned for the new Las Colinas lifestyle center in Irving, TX.
“It is an honor to join so many other highly regarded businesses and to be a part of Toyota Music Factory endeavor in Irving. We are beyond excited to expand our brand into this great city and be at the forefront of such a beautiful new development. This continues Gloria’s commitment to excellence and our community,” said Jose and Gloria Fuentes, owners of Gloria’s Latin Cuisine.
The $165 million entertainment-anchored development is slated to include more than 25 restaurant and entertainment venues, an 8,000 capacity state of the art indoor/ outdoor concert Pavilion operated by the world’s largest concert promoter – Live Nation, an eight screen dining movie theater by Alamo Draft House, a 50,000 SF outdoor special event outdoor plaza, and 100,000 square feet of class A office space.
“We are very excited that local restaurateur legends, Gloria and Jose, have selected Toyota Music Factory for their next Gloria’s location. Gloria’s has become a Texas staple for delicious, full flavored Latin cuisine and is the perfect addition to bring even more diversity to our great mix of restaurants,” said Noah Lazes, President of the ARK Group. The district is located adjacent to Irving Convention Center and future Irving Convention Center Hotel, accessible to the DART Orange Line and it will also be serviced by Las Colinas’ Area Personal Transport (APT) people mover system.
About Gloria’s Latin Cuisine
Gloria and Jose Fuentes were seventeen years old when they arrived to the United States in 1978. Like many other young Salvadorians, they were filled with hope – longing for a better life than what they were experiencing in a cruel and intense civil war, and civil chaos which lasted many years (decades) in El Salvador.
Without knowing each other, Gloria and Jose settled in Houston, Texas and faced the precarious existence and survival difficulties of undocumented immigrants for some time. Fatefully, love created a miracle when they met and moved to Dallas to work with Gloria’s sister at a Salvadorian restaurant, which her sister owned in Oak Cliff.
A year later passed, and Gloria’s sister gave up on the restaurant and Gloria and Jose chose to take over. Despite all the obstacles, and showing amazing resilience and a persistent work ethic, their life was beginning to change for the best.
Playing an entrepreneurial role – with no previous knowledge – they registered the assumed Gloria’s name before the Dallas County Clerk on April 15, 1986. A few months later they became legal U.S. residents under the amnesty provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Under Jose and Gloria’s management, the little Salvadorian restaurant became distinguished for their tasty food. It was so full of flavor that an undercover critic of the Dallas Morning News gave them a very positive review. The next day there was a considerable line of Anglo clients waiting under the summer sun of Dallas, for an opportunity to indulge in the new and delicious dishes.
Even William “Bill” Clements, Jr., the Governor of Texas at the time, was one of those curious customers. Gloria’s growth has been a constant ever since then. Now boasting 15 Texas locations, the restaurant still serves the same delicious Latin cuisine that has been satisfying hungry Texans for over 25 years.
About ARK Group
The ARK Group is a multifaceted conglomerate of companies that focuses on multi-use developments that often include an element of public entertainment.
The ARK Group’s family of companies is structured to compliment, support and facilitate the projects of each individual company within the conglomerate. Innovative marketing and promotional concepts, sound fiscal management, and an exacting eye for details have been the cornerstones of ARK Group’s continued success.