Esther Hernandez was born on May 27, 1918, in Chihuahua, Mexico. The eldest of three daughters to Pedro and Amelia Hernandez. In 1923 the Hernandez family decided it was time to make a better life for themselves and moved to America, the land of opportunity. They migrated throughout the South as Mr. Hernandez was a crop picker. They settled in Colorado for three years and then moved to Los Angeles, California where the Latino community was much larger.
Esther then found the man of her dreams, Manuel Gonzalez Senteno. The two fell in love and were married on April 29, 1939. They began a wonderful life together and had four beautiful daughters, Mary Lou, Gloria, Yolanda, and Linda.
Manuel was an upholsterer and his job transferred him to Long Beach. The family moved to Downey in 1954. This is when Esther had a dream, a dream of opening a "Taco House." She loved to cook, and was always told she had tasty recipes. In 1957, Esther and her mother, Amelia, opened the first Taco House in Downey, California. At this time it was strictly take-out food with one table to sit and wait for your tacos. Beverly Grisham has the honor of being Esther's first customer. She still comes to Esther's after more than 50 years.
All the customers wanted to sit and eat their food, so when the shoe repair shop next door went out of business, Esther expanded her restaurant to add a dining room. Customer's and friends would refer to the Taco House as "Esther's" and that's how the name got started.
The second Esther's opened up in Long Beach during the summer of 1972. This restaurant had a full bar (cantina) and dancing on the weekends. It was the place to go. After the death of Esther's husband Manuel, Esther sold the Long Beach store. It was too much for her to handle by herself, even with the help of her daughters who all worked at the Taco House at one time or another. They were a closely knit family.
In 1978 Linda went back to help her mother run the restaurant, and in 1987, as a teenager, Brian began working for his grandma and mother. He enjoyed it just as much as his mother did. Grandma had the pleasure of seeing both her grandsons, Brian and Russell work at the Taco House. In 1994, Esther suddenly died, and the legacy was now passed on to Linda. Wanting something closer to home, Linda opened the Esther's Taco House in Placentia. Brian began managing the restaurant as Linda oversaw everything.. Linda and Brian, have kept the family business alive and are proud to continue the Esther’s Taco House legacy.
Our family takes pride in out business and hope you feel a part of the family. As the saying goes, "Mi Casa, Es Su Casa." Welcome from our family to yours.
The Claprood Family