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Ricardo Molina of Molina’s Cantina to receive Top Honor from TRA

Molina's Cantina is Houston's oldest Tex-Mex restaurant, family owned and operated since 1941 and thriving after 72 years in one of the country's most competitive dining cities. Ricardo Molina was just nine years old when he began washing dishes and bussing tables at his father's restaurant, Molina's Mexico City, located at 7933 Westheimer. At age 11 he was working at Molina's every Friday and Saturday night. In 1982, Molina began working full time for the family restaurants and today serves as president, overseeing menu development, company expansion, purchasing and marketing for three locations in the Houston area.

Molina has served two terms as Greater Houston Restaurant Association President (1993 and 2008/2009), as well as a board member for the Texas Restaurant Association, life member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and Judging committee member. He has also served as committee member for the City of Houston Health Department Review Committee, Heart Association Advisory Committee, and more. He has been active in TRA at the state and local level for 20 years.

As Hall of Honor inductee, Molina will be acknowledged for his commitment to the foodservice industry, the association and the Houston community, as well as for his outstanding leadership, exemplary business ethics and ability to promote a positive image of the foodservice industry in Texas.

"This is truly an honor for which I am humbled," says Molina. "I was born into the industry but am grateful for it." More than anything, Molina says he treasures the relationships he has with his patrons and staff. "Getting to know our guests is the best part of the business. Houston is a big city with many choices. Each day we have to give them a reason to return."

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