Eric Linares
Owner, Quetzal Co.

eric linares

Eric Linares

Owner, Quetzal Co.

Originally from Beaumont Tx, Eric moved to Waco to attend Baylor where he graduated with a Business degree in 2017. He started his entrepreneurial journey by creating Quetzal Co. a traditional mexican food catering company that would also pop up at events all around the city.

After opening Quetzal, he decided to create opportunities for other food truck vendors by helping create the Eastside Market. The market has since become a staple in the community for food, beer, art, music, and has something for everyone.

Eric is definitely not just business-minded. He also has a huge heart for the community. At the beginning of quarantine the biggest Eastside market event was cancelled but he took the opportunity to use his resources to create a food drive for Caritas of Waco. He has helped organize community events and bring attention to important issues of social injustice.

Last year he also threw a Dia De Los Muertos festival that was an incredible way to celebrate Mexican heritage as well as create amazing opportunities for local vendors.

Recently Eric helped launch Xochis which is an all natural Aguas Frescas and Fruit concept that they plan on opening up as a mobile truck very soon.

Eric is definitely one of those people that continually pushes to create new opportunities.