The Cuellar family credits itself with inventing fajitas. Its new Cuellar's Fajita Ranch is opening in Plano.

The Cuellar family credits itself with inventing fajitas. Its new Cuellar's Fajita Ranch is opening in Plano.

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The Cuellar family gifted Dallas with El Chico, the since-1940 Tex-Mex restaurant that has ballooned into a franchise with dozens of restaurants in North Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and even Saudi Arabia.

Family members Gilbert Cuellar, Jr., John Cuellar and Cory Cuellar are still cookin'. They plan to open a new restaurant called Cuellar's Fajita Ranch in Plano in June.

Updated, June 20: Cuellar's Fajita Ranch tweeted Monday that it will open for business at 4 p.m. on June 21. 

Cuellar's Fajita Ranch

The restaurant will serve "Ranch-Mex," a kind of Tex-Mex the Cuellars identify as "Texas ranch casual cuisine served in a Hill Country atmosphere."

That might mean a platter of cheese enchiladas with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, according to a statement from the restaurant. Or chicken fried steak topped with chile con queso.

“I am not looking to innovate," Gilbert Cuellar Jr. says in a statement, "but rather reflect back on my family’s history with this concept and give guests the opportunity to dine on what my family considers traditional Texas Ranch-Mex cuisine.”

The restaurant will have a full bar.

Located at 3310 North Central Expressway, Plano. Expected to open in June.

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