Guests started gathering at the new Jalapeno Tree before 10:30 Monday morning. By 11:00 the porch was full of hungry customers, eager to experience Mineola’s newest restaurant and bar. Owner Paul Bambrey and general manager Ralph Gonzalez were in the midst of the activity, ensuring patrons had a wonderful lunch.
The first margarita was ordered and enjoyed by Mineola City Council Alderwoman, Pat Wood, who was essential in bringing The Jalapeno Tree to Mineola. When the alcohol propositions were passed in May of 2011, Wood made a cold call to Paul Bambrey and invited him to open a restaurant in Mineola. Mr. Bambrey and Mrs. Wood enjoyed a quick visit today to celebrate.