Cyclone’s & Houston: 50 Years Later

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:

Original Sign
This is a copy of the original sign that was outside our first location in 1966, at 1201 N. Shepherd. At the time, Tommie Vaughn Ford was next door, but when we moved, they took over our lot as well. They are still in that location today!
Reagan High School
Reagan High School
The Heights State Bank Building has served several purposes since then, but has kept the same great look.
The Heights State Bank Building has served several purposes since then, but has kept the same great look.
This is a newspaper advertisement from Cyclone’s early days.
This is a newspaper advertisement from Cyclone’s early days.
The Yale Theater was not too far from our original location at 1201 N Shepherd.
The Yale Theater was not too far from our original location at 1201 N Shepherd.
Views of Downtown Houston in 1966.
Views of Downtown Houston in 1966.
The Astrodome, opened only a year earlier, added its famous astroturf in 1966 because the original grass didn’t survive.
The Astrodome, opened only a year earlier, added its famous astroturf in 1966 because the original grass didn’t survive.
Rodeo 1966
In that same year, the Astrodome began hosting the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, which continued until 2002.
Muhammad Ali fights Cleveland Williams in the Astrodome in what many think was the best performance of his career.
Muhammad Ali fights Cleveland Williams in the Astrodome in what many think was the best performance of his career.
NASA launched five separate Gemini space missions in 1966.
NASA launched five separate Gemini space missions in 1966.
US 59 through Downtown was under construction.
US 59 through Downtown was under construction.
CITYCENTRE was an empty field (see Phase II on the photo) in what would become Town & Country Village.
CITYCENTRE was an empty field (see Phase II on the photo) in what would become Town & Country Village.
A view of the Port of Houston in 1966.
A view of the Port of Houston in 1966.
1966 Map of Houston.
1966 Map of Houston.