Established in Juarez, Mexico, by founders Julio and Guadalupe Ramirez, Julio’s Café Corona had very humble beginnings. Starting small in central Juarez with one dining room with only four tables, the business grew and expanded into a larger restaurant with a terrace and the famous “Chinaco” Bar, where musical groups played regularly…
Don Julio Ramirez standing at the door of the first Julio’s Café Corona. – Cd. Juarez, Mexico 1944.
In need of a bigger place, the Ramirez changed locations and built the last Juarez location at the intersection of Paseo Triunfo de la Republica and Avenida de Las Americas. It is here where the legend began. Julio’s Café Corona became very popular with El Pasoans and it was packed every day. Its reputation grew, and it soon became a favorite hot spot for business people from both El Paso and Juarez, city and state officials and international celebrities like Jack Nicholson, Daniela Romo and Capulina as well as Mexican singer Juan Gabriel.
A tradition In El Paso
But by 1981, Julio’s was ready to jump the border and open its doors in El Paso, Texas, where it has continued the tradition of true, delicious Mexican cuisine and familial courteous service. Soon after the move to El Paso, the restaurant was passed along to the next generation, Francisco and Maria Orrantia. Now, the third generation carries on the tradition and a second El Paso location opened in 2010 at 3630 Joe Battle.
The restaurant serves true home cooking. Pride is taken with each order, which is prepared individually and with loving care. In the early years with a staff of two, only Mexican food was served. Today the extensive menu includes Spanish, international and seafood dishes as well. Most of Julio’s recipes have been in the Ramirez family for generations. Some of the establishments’ favorite entrees are Filete Tampiqueña and Salpicon, with the number one specialty being “Mole Poblano,” a superb Mexican dish that dates back centuries.
The Orrantia family and their staff welcome you to Julio’s restaurant and look forward to serving you the best in dining pleasure now and for many years to come