The San Antonio River Foundation and San Antonio River Authority are delighted to introduce you to the 5th Annual Mission Reach Flotilla Fiesta River Monarchs Arthur and Richard Garcia of Nicha’s Comida Mexicana.
Arthur Garcia was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio. He graduated from McCollum High School in 1985 and went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1991.
Arthur grew up working in the restaurant when it was called Minit Taco, and after a few years of pursuing other careers paths following college he finally made it back to the family business in 2001.
Arthur and Richard bought the original location from their parents in 2003. With the great start their parents created, the brothers have steadily grown the business from one 90 seat restaurant to three locations throughout San Antonio.
Arthur is the President of Nicha’s Comida Mexicana and is a board member as well as a past president of the San Antonio Restaurant Association. He was awarded Restaurateur of the year in 2017. Arthur also sits on the board of the Texas Restaurant Association.
Arthur and his wife Felicia have three beautiful daughters Amber, Ashley and Alyssa. Amber will be attending college this year at Texas State university. When asked about his connection to the River and his hometown Arthur stated, “Being on the water is an escape for me and the San Antonio river is a beautiful part of our history. Walking down the river with my family or even taking time for myself to see the beauty this river has to offer is very special for me. Our river is a great part of my life and it’s something I cherish. I am very proud to call San Antonio my home.”
Richard Colton Garcia was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio. He graduated from McCollum High school in 1982 and is a member of the Harlandale School District Hall of Fame.
Richard has worked at the original location of Nicha’s since 1983 and currently oversees all restaurant operations and is a member of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Upon reflecting on his relationship with the San Antonio River he states, “For me, the best thing was the development of the Mission Reach and extending that expansion all the way down to the Mission Espada. Since then I’ve become an avid cyclist. I like to start at Blue Star and ride my bike all the way down to Mission Espada. One can stay on the bike path or take side trails off road for a fun ride. To change things up a bit I’ve even gone kayaking, I learned a valuable lesson there – always keep your wallet in a dry container, I learned the hard way! Just recently my wife and I bought take out and impulsively decided to go eat it at a picnic table beside the river, that was a nice day. I see families spending time together near the park, couples jogging together, singles walking with their dog. The river for me is simply a great place to wind down, relax and be at peace with myself.”
We are proud to be a part of this year’s Mission Reach Flotilla Fiesta and serve as your 2020 River Monarchs!
Arthur & Richard Garcia