BY RENEE HENDRIX –
Tres Agaves started in DeQueen, Ark. in December 2012. The three owners Daniel Martinez, Yuri Aguilar, and Daniela Aguilar came together and opened a steak house. When that didn’t do as well as they had hoped, they moved forward and decided to start a Mexican restaurant. This was the beginning for “Tres Agaves” and the venture has proven to be a very good investment. The new restaurant quickly became popular and a favorite with the residents of DeQueen. With the switch over from steakhouse to the Mexican restaurant, they decided they wanted to keep several of their customer favorites. This included their good old fashion chicken fried steaks, rib eye steaks and their yummy assortment of burgers. They felt with keeping these favorites and adding to them, they would be able to provide their patrons with a variety of choices, both old and new. Daniel Martinez said “having a good variation is the key to our success. We wanted to have something for everyone’s taste”.
After, the success they had in DeQueen and at the request of several customers, they opened a new location in Cove, Ark. They knew there weren’t very many restaurants between DeQueen and Mena and decided the new Tres Agaves would help fill that gap. “We have been able to hire 15 people part time.” Daniel said “It’s a good thing when you can provide jobs in to a community.”
Martinez expressed his appreciation for their customers’ business and support. He said, “The city of Cove as well as Polk County have just welcomed us and been so understanding. We have a small building with 12 tables and on busy nights the wait time can be from 30 -45 minutes. We also only have one cook. This makes dinner preparation slower. We are in the process of hiring another cook. This should make things quicker on orders. Everyone is so patient.” Martinez said the future goal is to add more room to accommodate their patrons.
With an inviting and delicious menu, Tres Agaves also offers daily lunches special Monday-Friday from 11am -3pm. They offer seafood, old fashion country favorites, and delectable, ‘oh so satisfying Mexican food.’ They have several sinful desserts to offer you after you have finished your meal. A favorite is their cinnamon covered churro with caramel inside. Top this dessert with some ice cream… and you are in sweet tooth heaven!
Martinez plans to be very involved with the community and offer community work to Polk County. He said they hope to one day be able to offer scholarships to graduates in each of the schools within Polk County.
The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Friday, February 19, 2016, by the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce.
Tres Agaves thanks God, their customers, and their wonderful employees for making this new adventure a huge success. Martinez said “we are very thankful for everyone and hope to be a part of this wonderful community for years to come.”