Ruby: The woman who started a business with only $21 | Business

Behind a restaurant that has grown to become a Tyler staple, a woman who has endured many challenges is leading success in her growing Mexican restaurant empire. From humble beginnings and just $21 in her pocket, Ruby Abarca, mother, wife and business owner, has used her growing restaurant as a tool to give back to her community, beginning with her own staff.

Before the second location of Ruby’s Mexican Restaurant closed due to a fire that caused major damage in March, Abarca knew she wanted a second location that could be a safe space for her female restaurant workers.

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