Our Story

In 1992, cousins Javier Contreras and Sergio Rangel immigrated to the United States in search of the American Dream. Sergio came to Texas and Javier to California. As soon as Sergio told Javier about Texas, he wised up and got here as quickly as he could. Their early years in the USA were tough. Working multiple jobs, learning the language, forging new friendships… more than once they questioned, “was it worth it?” But the answer was always a very determined “yes!” America offered opportunity… the notion that if you work hard and keep at it, you can succeed.

As soon as Sergio told Javier about Texas, he wised up and got here as quickly as he could.

Javier and Sergio discovered their natural gift of serving others in the restaurant industry. For 17 years, they worked for other Tex Mex restaurants in and around the Houston area. But then the entrepreneurial bug bit them. What if we started our own restaurant? What if we used only the absolute freshest ingredients in our recipes? What if…?

It was a difficult and easy decision at the same time. Difficult because of the unknown. The risk of starting your own business. But easy because they were compelled that it was what God was calling them to do. With the support of their family and friends, Javier and Sergio opened the first Iguanas Ranas in Texas City, Texas in early 2013. Their years of experience proved invaluable because shortly thereafter, they had an opportunity on some property in Pearland which became their second Iguanas Ranas.

If there had been question that they would succeed in the Tex Mex business, it was gone. Guests were raving about the vibrant flavors. “We had no idea Tex Mex could be so good,” was a common comment. Their leap of faith was so successful that when a Seabrook property became available, it was soon the third Iguanas Ranas location.

I guess you could say that these two cousins from Guadalajara, Mexico achieved both the American Dream and the Tex Mex Dream.

The success of Iguanas Ranas has expanded their view of the American Dream. Yes, Javier and Sergio have found a better life for themselves. But the dream for them now includes being a part of the community. Serving others. Making a difference in peoples’ lives. I guess you could say that these two cousins from Guadalajara, Mexico achieved both the American Dream and the Tex Mex Dream!