The Family Tradition Continues (1971‒2014)
Long ago, around 1971...
Marcello and Pelusa Marini opened their first restaurant named: “Marini’s Empanada House,” it was located in between Westheimer and Montrose on 1517 Westheimer. For two decades, the Marini Family grew in business, friends, and fame and were well recognized for their empanadas as being “the best empanadas in the world.”
In 1985, on Good Friday, the business located on Westheimer went down in flames. The Marini Family lost everything.
Years passed and Marcello, with his employment at Telemundo 47, and his wife Pelusa, with her beautiful and delicious cakes, continued with the same optimistic strength collaborating in many events where the Hispanic presence was needed. But they never forgot that one day, they would open up the same business that made them famous with the help of Houstonians. Today one of their sons, Sergio Alejandro Marini, along with his wife Gabriela, and children, (Alejandro, Sergio, Gabriela, and Marcello) has accomplished to continue the dream of his parents in this beautiful City of Katy. Thanks to the help of his siblings Patricia, Debbie, Manuel, and Veronica and the rest of the family during the first few months to get started. Sergio, his wife Gabriela, and their children are now a part of the life of this new tradition.
Thank you for waiting many years for the Original Marini's Empanada House and for welcoming us back with open arms. You will not be disappointed!
Oh...the original Marinis (Marcello and Pelusa) are still alive and cooking….
In 2007, Debbie with the help of her parents, brothers, and sisters opened the newest location in Houston, Carillion Center.