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Joe T. Garcia's, a family restaurant

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Dallas people drive to Fort Worth to eat at this extraordinary place.  If you make it to Joe T's, bring cash because plastic is not accepted.     Homepage

Pay Attention to Details

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Hope LanCarte grew up within her family's business. She has been part of the growth of every element of their Miracle on Commerce Street.

Be the Person Your Children Want to Work For

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Although all her children worked in the restaurant while growing up, each was encouraged to pursue work that fascinated them. Hope's light touch won over all seven as you can see in this family photograph.  More...

Treat Suppliers Like Family

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Great meals start with freshest ingredients. Joe T. Garcia knows this well so it coddles suppliers to guarantee that if there is only one tomato in all of Forth Worth, they will get it. Pictured here, Lanny LanCarte, says you have to love sweeping the floor as much as you love to cook.  More...

Develop New Products to Develop New Leaders

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David LanCarte developed the salsa business so the Joe T. Garcia brand is now on grocery shelves.  Now that is near perfect timing! Today the US consumes  more salsa than ketchup!.

Start With Quality Ingredients

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Joe LanCarte is the buyer and he tells us that at Joe T's there are no freezers.

Find Joy in Every Task

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At Joe T's everyone is working hard to have fun.  Music adds more joy.

Test New Ideas

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The third generation of leadership has created their own work by launching new divisions.

Keep it Simple

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Keeping the menu simple was key to early profits.  Now Jesse LanCarte grows the business with a bakery division that sells from a retail outlet across the street from the restaurant and by selling wholesale to other Mexican restaurants and grocery stores.

Make Work Your Recreation

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The kept expanding into the entire block. This patio had a swimming pool, added by Hope so her children could swim between shifts. Now customers enjoy eating outside under the live oaks and surrounded by bright flowers.   Homepage and all the video...