Saturday, March 30, 2013

TOP STORY >> Vaquero’s willing to give back

Leader staff writer

Vaquero’s Mexican Grill next to AllFam Bowling in Cabot is serving up “More Mex than Tex” dishes with a side of family fun and Christian values.

Owners Thomas Whitten-burg and Shane Hamilton are proud to contribute to local charities while offering their customers the freshest of ingredients.

When a church group eats at their restaurant, 10 percent of the sales go back to the church. Vaquero’s has also donated gift cards to fundraisers for Little Rock Air Force Base organizations and youth groups.

Seniors and military families enjoy a 10 percent discount. Kids eat free on Tuesday nights.

Whittenburg said, “We saw the restaurant as a way to grow, in our eyes, the kingdom, to win souls. As such, it’s doing really well.”

But, he continued, “What really makes us so different is the style of food we have.”

Whittenburg touted the quality of the ingredients used in Vaquero’s $7 to $10 offerings.

“The chicken I buy (from Sanders farms) is slaughtered on Friday and in the restaurant on Sunday night. Buy it fresh and you get a better texture and flavor,” he said.

Vaquero’s also has a machine that makes tortillas from scratch.

The restaurant will be introducing a new menu with new flavors and healthier side items this year.

Whittenburg said he is also expanding its catering service.

The owner added that he is looking at opening new locations in the Little Rock area and out of state. Franchise opportunities are available.

The restaurant’s diverse menu and friendly atmosphere earned it first place as best Mexican eatery in KATV’s Little Rock A-List.

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