This year, we are extremely proud to celebrate our 50th Anniversary! In 1966, Cyclone, our namesake, or “Papa” as he’s called by our family, retired after a prolific wrestling career and started this restaurant. Believe it or not, Cyclone Anaya’s started out as an icehouse and didn’t even serve food! Shortly after opening, however, his wife, or “Mama,” thought it would be a good idea to have food around, and began cooking for our guests.
We’ve come a long way since Mama and Papa opened our first restaurant and so has our hometown. Here’s a look at what some of Houston’s most famous landmarks looked like back in 1966: