Annette Gallegos and her husband, Darrin Williams, have a combined 65-plus years in the food service industry.
Always working for someone else, the couple has gone out on their own.
Gallegos, 54, and Williams, 51, recently opened Auntie’s Tiendita and BBQ at 902 S. Pacific St. in Las Vegas.
They named the restaurant after Gallegos because everyone called her Auntie Tiendita while working for West Las Vegas Schools, Charlie’s Spic & Span Bakery & Café and Pino’s Family Restaurant.
Williams’ 30-year career included working for his late father, Charles Williams, who owned Charlie’s Ribs in Las Vegas. Darrin Williams also worked for Charlie’s when it was Carmen’s Spic & Span and the Historic Plaza Hotel.
“We worked for everyone else and thought ‘why not try it for us,’” Gallegos said.
The couple is renting a building from Toby Sanchez. It was most recently a barber shop and the former location of Fat Brothers restaurant.
Auntie’s Tiendita’s menu includes barbecue, burgers, tacos, enchiladas, burritos and homemade baked goods including bread, cookies, cakes and pies.
The restaurant offers dine-in and has a takeout window. It is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Auntie Tiendita’s can be reached at 505-587-9859.