Don Pepe’s Rancho is a local family owned small business that started in November of 1990. When dining with us, we hope you feel the love we have for each of our customers and we thank this entire community for the love and support you’ve shown to us since opening our doors. If you’re a new customer, when you dine at our restaurant you are family – please enjoy our many delicious and unique family recipes and cocktails prepared fresh daily from our chefs to your tables!
Our story began with a neighborhood ice cream shop on the corner of Arapaho and Coit. Jose had noticed a sign out on the front door of a popular neighborhood ice cream shop he would pass on his way home from work in the evenings. The announcement indicated that the shop would soon be closed. The owner, who had always made small talk with Jose over the years, was locking up the door on this particular evening and explained to Jose that she and her husband were planning on retiring soon. She made an off-handed comment to Jose that he should open up a taco shop. Sometimes fate steps in and allows us to pursue our dream – this was the beginning of many conversations that eventually led to Jose doing exactly that!
The owners of the ice cream shop decided they wanted to help Jose pursue his dream and provided him and an opportunity that would change the entire course of his life. They helped Jose convert this small little ice cream shop into a taqueria (to-go taco shop) of his very own! He named it, Mexi-Go Restaurant, a to-go concept that would quickly grow roots into a community who provided so much love and support to a hard working family man and self-made restauranteur. After opening the doors on November 15th, 1990 – Jose would soon discover that his little dream would yield a lot more than he could have ever imagined. As history would have it, the little 7 table establishment quickly became a neighborhood destination where he and his family still humbly serve the community today, although the location has changed several times over the years, including a recent 2 year downtime and brand new restaurant location off of Hillcrest & Arapaho.
Don Pepe’s Rancho and Mexigo Restaurant have produced 8 location concepts over the last 30 years… it’s pretty incredible how much of an impact we can have on one another if we just believe in the greatness that exists within people… That ice cream shop owner had no idea that investing a little money into someone would provide jobs for so many individuals and completely change the course of a families life forever… When you dine at our restaurant, know that you truly are family and we hope you feel it through our warm and friendly service and delicious family recipes.
“When you dine with us you can expect good service and quality food!” – Jose Jaimes
The Jaimes family can always be found at the restaurants making sure that their customers are receiving the quality experience that has become a staple of the Don Pepe’s Rancho and Mexigo Restaurant experience.
We thank you all for supporting us for so many years.