Cisco’s, the favorite Tex-Mex greasy spoon on East 6th, has new owners now. The recent team behind the restaurant, which had been up for sale last year, are Matt Cisneros (who happens to be the grandson of the restaurant’s owner Rudy "Cisco” Cisneros), Will Bridges, Rick McMinn, and Bryan Schneider.
The new owners emphasize that Cisco’s will remain mostly the same, serving those beloved migas and biscuits as always. It will include few future changes, though, like adding a liquor license and expanding hours to include dinner service. There are no timelines for these developments as of yet.
Bridges is the co-owner and operator of other Austin restaurants, bars, and venues like Lamberts Downtown Barbeque (with McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group), Antone’s, and Deep Eddy Cabaret. McMinn is co-owner of the historic Hoffbrau Steakhouse and a general contractor. Schneider is a business and real estate investor.
“It is our hope with this new team,” said Matt Cisneros in a statement, “we can preserve an iconic East Austin institution.” He later added, “We look forward to continuing to serve our East Austin neighbors and Austin residents, who together have been instrumental in keeping this local establishment alive for the better part of a century.”
Rudy Cisneros opened the restaurant in 1943, when he turned his father's bakery into a restaurant. It became a legendary political haunt for people like Lyndon Johnson, and Bob Bullock. After Rudy passed away in 1995, his son Clovis took over the space.
This wasn't the first time Cisco's was up for sale. Clovis tried to sell the restaurant back in 2010.