Javier’s story is the American Dream!
Javier Chavez was born and raised in a poor village near Zacatecas, Mexico. Javier grew up on a small ranch and at a very young age learned the values of hard work and overcoming challenges. He would use these values later in life build Javier’s Authentic Mexican Restaurants. As a young adult, Javier developed a talent for sports, particularly track. At the height of his track career, Javier was the national champion of Mexico in the 1500 meter run. Track scouts for Weber State were very impressed by Javier’s performance and offered him a scholarship. Without a penny to his name and an uncertain future ahead, Javier decided to take the risk and come to America to seek a better life and his dreams. He arrived in Ogden, Utah in 1977. Javier was successful at Weber State, setting track records and winning competitions. He graduated in 1984 and in 2001 was inducted into the Weber State Athletic Hall of Fame.
Javier always loved the restaurant business and dreamed of starting his own. After years of working as dishwasher, cook and managing restaurants for others – his big moment came. Javier and his family saved enough money to rent a small little building near the railroad tracks. Javier’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant on 29th Street in Ogden officially opened for business February 4, 1991. From almost the beginning, Javier’s Restaurant was extremely popular– with lunch and dinner lines every day. The word spread fast that the best Mexican food in town was at Javier’s. In the following years, Javier has opened six more restaurants because of the large demand for his delicious Mexican food. Javier’s secret to success has always been to provide his guests with excellent Mexican food and friendly service. Javier wants to make sure everyone feels at home, he treats everyone like family. Javier has put his heart and soul into creating a family environment where everybody feels welcome and every-body can enjoy great enchiladas and tacos. All of Javier’s family has worked together to build the restaurants. Whether it was his sons Javier Jr. and Manuel as waiters, Amada (his daughter) as a hostess, Amada (his wife) as cook or even Andrea (his youngest daughter) as a busgirl, the entire family has contributed to the restaurant’s success.
Javier’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant is and always will be a family owned and operated business – that is what makes this restaurant so special. Javier gladly welcomes you to his family’s restaurant— Bienvenidos!
Javier, Amada, Manuel, Andrea, Amada, and Javier Jr.