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1940 Woody and Victoria, high school sweethearts, were married on Christmas Eve. 1946 Woody Johnson returns from serving in WWII and opens Woody’.. read mores El Nido on 37 W. McDowell with only six tables and a counter. 1951 Little Woody’s is established, with only10 tables. Sopapillas were the only dessert on the menu. 1952 Macayo opened on 4001 N. Central Avenue. Celebrities who’ve dined at Macayo’s Central: Liberace, Fleetwood Mac, Bill Cosby,Wilt Chamberlin, Jim Nabors, Alice Cooper and Elvira. 1959 Lillian O’Keeffe was hired as a waitress. Today she works as a hostess at the Thunderbird Road location, 45 years later! Macayo East Charleston Vegas opens. 1967 State Restaurant Equipment, Inc. is founded to buy restaurant equipment at wholesale for the growing company. 1968 Macayo’s Paradise Las Vegas opens. 1971 Macayo’s West Charleston Las Vegas opens. 1972 Chile shortage caused Woody Johnson to find his own source. Fiesta Canning Company owns and operates a manufacturing facility in McNeal, AZ. that is 100,000 sq. ft. on twelve acres of land, and farms approximately 1,000 acres. Today it is the 3rd largest chile producer canning 30 million pounds a year. 1973 Scottsdale Macayo’s opens at 4218 N. Scottsdale Road. 1974 Macayo’s West Las Vegas opens. 1975 Macayo’s North Las Vegas opens. 1976 Woody’s El Nido closes. 1979 Macayo’s Thunderbird opens. 1982 Macayo’s Del Norte opens. Macayo’s Mesa opens 1986 Little Woody’s closed when the leased expired. TV crews and newspapers were present to witness the sign coming down. Macayo’s Henderson Vegas opens. 1987 Macayo’s Westridge (now called Desert Sky) opens. 1988 Fiesta Grande! Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard was sworn in as President of the National League of Cities in Boston and celebrates by throwing a Mexican Fiesta for 1,000 people! To ensure the food was exact to his specifications, he had Macayo’s fly it in—150 gallons of Margaritas, 3,500 Mini-Tamales, Tacos, Fajitas and Chicken Maximillian with his favorite chips and salsa!
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