El Paseo Mexican Restaurant was established in August of 1986. Hector Lerma had a vision of an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant that would serve only the best quality food. Using determination, love, and his family’s original recipes he was able to open his first restaurant in Azle, Texas. Known as a Hole in the Wall, his success in the 24 seated restaurant quickly turned into a destination for Tex-Mex lovers. His genuine love for his customers and the constant questions of “how can I serve them, what do they need, and how can I make their experience better” was integrated into the restaurants’ philosophy and with that, the restaurant was ready to grow. Decades later, he was blessed with three successful restaurants in Fort Worth, Azle, and Minerals Wells, Texas.
Although Hector Lerma put his heart and soul into the restaurants, he understood the importance of God and his family. He taught his family the restaurant philosophy of genuinely loving and serving, not only their customers, but their employees as well. After a brief illness, Hector went to be with God. He left his legacy in the hands of his wife and three older children to carry on the blessing that was given to him. Their goal is to make him proud, to provide excellent customer service, care for their employees, continuing the same family recipes with fresh ingredients and, most of all, make El Paseo the best it can be.