“Maggie and I have always worked together, as a family,” says Mario Rios. Mario and Maggie first met when Mario moved to the United States from Argentina and Maggie moved from Cuba. And since 1974, the entrepreneurs have opened several successful businesses ventures…from construction to real estate to dry cleaning.
In 2005, together with children Kevin and Karen, the family opened their first restaurant, Mojitos Cuban Bistro in Sugar Land, Kevin says, “Mojitos was extremely successful for us, and we learned a lot, but we wanted to venture more into fine dining,..and in 2008 we came up with the concept of Veritas.” Veritas Steak & Seafood (Veritas is the Latin word for truth) specializes in the finest cuts of USDA Prime beef, fresh seafood, and homemade pasta. “Our menu is seasonal,” says Kevin, “it changes four times a year, and always features the finest and freshest ingredients possible.” And the world class wine list includes more than 300 selections from around the world.
As a guest, you will enjoy this culinary adventure on the veranda overlooking Brooks Lake, in the private wine cellar or in the elegant dining room. But wherever you dine, expect to be fed like royalty and treated like family, by family. Kevin and his family can always be seen at Veritas, working with their team to ensure the perfect dining experience….a team that is 90% employees hired on day one. Taylor Salazar–Karen’s husband, University of Houston Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate, and alumni of Houston Culinary Arts–is the executive chef. Kevin’s wife Melissa and mom Maggie hold down the business and accounting, and honorary family member Alex Mendoza is the kitchen manager. Kevin says, “I’ve known Alex for more than nine years and he helped us start Mojitos…he’s definitely part of our family!”
With daily specials, happy hours and brunch served on both Saturday and Sunday from 11 till 3, Veritas is the place to enjoy a phenomenal date on the veranda, meet your family, impress your colleagues with a special event, or celebrate an evening out. At the striking stone bar in the front of the restaurant, you can have an aperitif before dinner or an after dinner drink before leaving. And what Dad doesn’t love a steakhouse? Kevin says, “We will feature a spectacular Father’s Day brunch for Dads..make reservations early to be sure your family gets a spot!
And speaking of Dad…Kevin and Melissa recently welcomed the second member of the next generation! Drake Corleone Rios is two months old! Abuelo Mario says, “I’ve owned a lot of businesses and I know it takes hard work. I’m so proud of all of my family. Not everyone can be born into the Trump family, but little Drake and his cousin Gauge are even luckier guys…they have the Rios genes!”
Veritas Steak and Seafood
550 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 500, Sugar Land, TX 77478