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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon
LOCKNEY – Melissa Martinez had a dream of opening her own restaurant. In June of 2019 with the help of her husband Jose that dream came true.
Melissa grew up in Springlake Earth and graduated from high school there in 1991.
Her husband Jose Martinez has always called Lockney home. His parents are Curz and Maria Martinez. Jose graduated LHS in 1995. He is very proud to a Longhorn. He is currently working at Wal Mart distribution center. He’ll soon be there 21 years and is currently a manager.
The couple have five children together and cherish every minute of time they get to spend with them. Jimmy Garcia, 28 years old lives in Lockney and works right the along side of his mother in the restaurant. Melinda Garcia is the couple’s 27-year-old daughter, she also calls Lockney home. 24-year-old Issac Garcia lives in Springlake and the couple’s 18-year-old daughter Saria Martinez lives in Virginia Beach, VA. She is also graduating this year from high school and the baby of the family is 15-year-old Jose Martinez. He attend LHS and like his dad, he is proud to be a Longhorn.
For as long as Melissa could remember she has always wanted to open a restaurant. She loves to cook and wanted to share that with other people. Jose and Melissa took a leap of faith in June of 2019 and opened La Cocina Martinez drive thru. The couple will be celebrating two years and give all the credit to the Lord. “Without the Lord and our community, we could have never gotten this far. The support this community has given us and the guidance the Lord is overwhelming,” said Jose.
“I love this town and community,” says Melissa. “I love the fact that everyone knows each other and helps each other when they can. Because of them we are celebrating two year soon, and we’ve talked about possibly expanding our business to dine in. We’ve talked about offering catering as well and as of now that is a definite go. We’ll have to see what Lord has planned for us.”
Melissa is a hands-on business owner. She cooks everything that is served in her restaurant herself. “I just want to make sure the food that goes out of here is the way I would want to eat it. I want our food to represent what Jose and I stand for, and that’s if we wouldn’t eat it ourselves, we wouldn’t serve it.” Melissa said. “Everything is cooked when you order it. If you want eggs, we cook don’t have them precooked, we cook them when you order them.”
La Cocina Martinez drive thru is open Tues. thru Sat. from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Delivery is offered to senior citizens for free. “We’re here to sever our community, our friends and neighbors. If any of them need anything they just have to call, and we’ll be there,” Jose said.