From our humble roots selling tacos and burritos on paper
plates across a counter in Cedarhurst, Pancho’s has grown
to be Nassau County’s favorite destination for quality
Tex-Mex food and drink served fresh in our Island Park location.
Founders Gary and Stephen Steiner were living in Colorado
in the late 70’s. Having grown up on Long Island in a
restaurant family (their father founded and owned Al Steiner’s,
one of Long Island’s most famous steakhouses), the brothers
realized the popularity of the Mexican food they experienced
in Colorado and the opportunity to bring it back home, so they
decided to return to New York to open the original Pancho’s
and have been doing what they do best ever since.
Once opened, Gary furthered his restaurant education by attending
the Culinary Institute of America while Stephen ran the shop.
After spending nearly 10 years serving our version of freshly
prepared “fast food” (The original Pancho’s
opened 6 months before the first Taco Bell on Long Island!),
the brothers decided to branch out into two full service Tex-Mex
restaurants. Stephen moved upstate to Hunter Mountain New York
and opened Tequillas, while Gary moved the original Pancho’s
to Oceanside and opened Pancho’s
Cantina, where we began offering our famous Fajitas and
Margaritas as well as all of our delicious barbeque items.
In 1994, Pancho’s Cantina
needed more space again and moved to our current home in Island
Park. Eventually we wanted all of Long Island to experience
Pancho’s delicious Tex-Mex food and have been serving our
loyal followers the finest Tex-Mex this side of Colorado River ever