Ricardo Ruiz

Ricardo Ruiz


He is the owner of Cha Cha’s Mexican Restaurant and Catering located at 5616 Bandera road. This year Cha Cha’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary making Cha Cha’s one of the oldest restaurants in San Antonio. Ricardo was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in San Antonio Texas. Ricardo’s parents Ricardo Sr. (deceased) and Margarita Ruiz had three children. He is the eldest of three siblings which includes his younger brother Isaac and his sister Bania. Ricardo has two children, Sabrina and Alexis, who attend St. Luke’s Catholic School.

Ricardo is a 1991 graduate of Central Catholic High School and is active in the Alumni Association. He later attended Our Lady of the Lake University and studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain.

Ricardo learned about the operations of business, the work and sacrifice from his parents who began the restaurant in 1985. Under his leadership, Cha Cha’s Mexican Restaurant and Catering has earned accolades from the San Antonio Express-News and the San Antonio Current for being one of the Best Mexican Restaurants in San Antonio. The restaurant is also very well known for winning the “Best Margaritas Award“ at the San Antonio Margarita Pour Off four times. Cha Cha’s is also noted as one of the largest caterers in San Antonio by the San Antonio Business Journal.

Ricardo has a long history of commitment to the business growth and community service of Leon Valley and San Antonio. Ricardo Ruiz was elected to the Leon Valley City Council in 2013. He has served on various committees; actively participating in the Leon Valley Chamber of Commerce, West Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Restaurant Association, San Antonio Concierge Association, National Night Out, and the annual Taste of Leon Valley. Ricardo also believes in giving back to his community. He volunteers his time and effort on the boards of several educational and non-profit organizations, including the Nellie Reddix Center S.A.T. Board, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Powell Elementary PTA, Central Catholic High School Alumni Association, St. Luke’s Men’s Club, and St. Luke’s Catholic Church Parish. In 2012, Ricardo did amateur celebrity boxing for Ring Side S.A., which raised scholarship funds for the South Texas Hispanic Fund. He also was the Fiesta King in 2014 for the Latin American Heritage Society which raises scholarships for the performing arts. Ricardo was also honored for winning the National Award Man of the Year, “Best Mustache in the Country” in 2014 by Wahl Clipper Company.

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