Sergio Saenz, along with his wife Reyna, sons Dylan, 13, and Derek, 5, and daughter Jackie, 3, bring authentic Mexican meals to downtown Davis.

Sergio Saenz, along with his wife Reyna, sons Dylan, 13, and Derek, 5, and daughter Jackie, 3, bring authentic Mexican meals to downtown Davis.

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Younger brother keeps tradition alive at Tres Hermanas

By July 20, 2011

The name of the restaurant is Tres Hermanas, but Sergio Saenez is actually the little brother of three sisters. His restaurant, which he runs with his wife, Reyna, is named after his family eatery in Sacramento.

“They started with one in Sacramento at 24th and K in ’96,” Reyna said. “He was working there with his mom. Then they opened on Folsom Blvd, and now we’ve expanded into Davis.”

Tres Hermanas is nearling its first anniversary in September. Since moving into the space at 805 Second St., the restaurant has built up a solid client base with good food, good service and good atmosphere. The family-friendly environment features a kid’s menu, pet-friendly patio seating and more. In addition, there is a brunch on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We have a lot of regulars who come in,” Reyna said. “This is a totally new venture for us. We’re used to midtown, but it’s nice here. It’s such a close community. We’re able to get to know our customers really well.”

While all of the family restaurants serve top-quality food, the Davis location features some specialties all its own. There is a well-stocked bar with a wide variety of tequilas, with special tastings once a month. There is happy hour every day from 3 to 6 p.m., with a special on magaritas and dollar tacos.

All the food is made from scratch, from scrambled machaca to menudo to chorizo to the seven-pepper mole. If customers are not sure what to order, enchiladas and carnitas are a good place to start, says Reyna.

The Saenez family works together to make sure customers have the best experience. And that’s everyone working together — even the children, Dylan, 13, Derek, 5 and Jackie, 3.

“They all come in to help,” Reyna said. “My oldest, he busses tables and helps in back. My little one (Derek) comes in and likes to clean the chairs and menus. Usually, they all come in and we have lunch.”

Reyna and Sergio arrange their schedules for optimal family and work time. There are times when running a restaurant can take up a lot of family time, but they are making it work and work well.

“Restaurant work is a little bit tough,” Reyna said. “Some times we are here all day, but it’s nice to be able to provide a good future for our children. We also like to provide good food for people, and we are happy to provide some employment. It feels nice to be able to do that.”

Kim Orendor

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